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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Ribbed belt

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$15

Talent:

*

Tools:

17mm wrench, 3mm Allen

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New drive or ribbed belt

Hot Tip:

Watch your knuckles it's a tight fit

Performance Gain:

Won't leave you stranded at the side of the road
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. Make sure you mark the direction of the belt before you remove it if you are going to reuse it (red arrow).

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.

The belt is ribbed on the inside (red arrow).
Figure 4

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

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