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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Ribbed V-Belt

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$10

Talent:

*

Tools:

16mm wrench, 3mm Allen

Applicable Models:

VW Golf GTI (2000)
VW Golf GTI 1.8T (2002-05)
VW Golf GTI 20th Anniversary (2003)
VW Golf GTI 337 (2002)
VW Golf GTI GLS (2001)

Parts Required:

New V-belt

Hot Tip:

Watch your knuckles it's a tight fit

Performance Gain:

Won't leave you stranded at the side of the road

Complementary Modification:

New tensioner

You should check your V-belt every six months for wear, cracking, fraying, delaminating and drying out. If your belt shows any of these signs you should replace it. I recommend you buy two belts and always keep an extra one in the car. You don't want to be stranded on the side of the road for the lack of a spare belt.

Replacing the belt on your GTI Mark4 is a very tight fitting job with not a lot of room to get your hands in. That being said you should be able to do it in less than 30 minutes and is a great starter project if you are just beginning to DIY or "Do It Yourself" on your car.

Let the car cool so you don't have to work around a hot engine. The belt is located on the right side of the engine. Looking down on it you will be able to see the belt tensioner as well as the alternator and A/C compressor. You will need to take the tension off of the tensioner to change belts. The tensioner has a "nub" on the top outer portion. You can place a 16 mm wrench on this and turn it clockwise. I recommend you lock the tensioner in the open position as it is a very tight fit and this will help when removing or installing the V-belt.

Turn the tensioner all the way clockwise and insert a retaining pin between the rotating part and the tensioner base. If you do not have a retaining pin you can use a 3mm Allen key. You can now slip the belt off the pulleys and install a new one.

There is a picture below that shows you the routing of the belt that you can use to install the new one.

Installation is the reverse of removal. Make sure the belt is properly seated on all the pulleys and that it follows the right path. The V-belt is ribbed on both sides. If you are reinstalling the belt make sure you mark which direction it was running in before removal and that you do not turn the belt inside out.

Let the car cool so you don't have to work around a hot engine.
Figure 1

Let the car cool so you don't have to work around a hot engine. The belt is located on the right side of the engine. Looking down on it you will be able to see the belt tensioner (red arrow) as well as the alternator (yellow arrow) and A/C compressor (green arrow).

You will need to take the tension off of the tensioner to change belts.
Figure 2

You will need to take the tension off of the tensioner to change belts. The tensioner has a "nub" on the top outer portion. You can place a 16 mm wrench (yellow arrow) on this and turn it clockwise. I recommend you lock the tensioner (through the locking hole, red arrow) in the open position as it is a very tight fit and this will help when removing or installing the V-belt.

Turn the tensioner all the way clockwise and insert a retaining pin between the rotating part and the tensioner base through the locking (red arrows).
Figure 3

Turn the tensioner all the way clockwise and insert a retaining pin between the rotating part and the tensioner base through the locking (red arrows). If you do not have a retaining pin you can use a 3mm Allen key. You can slip the belt off the pulleys.

The V-belt is ribbed on both sides.
Figure 4

The V-belt is ribbed on both sides. If you are reinstalling the belt make sure you mark which direction it was running in before removal and that you do not turn the belt inside out.

ThisPicture illustrates the routing of the belt.
Figure 5

ThisPicture illustrates the routing of the belt.

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