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Audi A4 B5 2.8L V6 Timing Belt Replacement | Removal And Installation

Today we will show you how to replace your timing belt on a B5 generation Audi A4 with the 2.8L V6 engine. The car in this guide is a 1998 Audi A4. It is important that you have the correct tools for this job. You will need the camshaft holder (Audi tool 3391), crankshaft lock pin (Audi tool 3242), and the fan clutch removal tool (Schley tool 63600). As with any timing belt replacement job, it is crucial that you take your time and carefully double check everything that you do. Another point that I can't stress enough is to use quality parts. The hydraulic dampener on this A4 failed after less than 30,000 miles - lucky for me there was no valve damage. So, unless you enjoy changing your timing belt every year, spend a little more for quality parts. This guide will also show you how to replace the water-pump and thermostat.

1. Start by taking off the front bumper - you can follow the steps by reading the Audi A4 B5 Front Bumper Removal guide.

2. Move the carrier out of the way by following the steps found on the Audi A4 B5 Move Carrier Service Position | Removal and Installation | page.

3. With the carrier out of the way, loosen the tension on the serpentine belt by rotating a 17mm wrench clockwise and remove the belt. To make the fan clutch removal easier you can take out the fan blades that are secured with four allen bolts. audi a4 2.8l serpentine belt

4. Remove the right timing cover that is secured with three clips. Flat-head screw drive makes this easy. audi a4 b5 timing belt cover

5. Remove the left timing cover that is actually made up of two parts. Also remove the serpentine belt tensioner - one bolt. audi a4 b5 timing belt cover second

6. Remove the fan clutch - 32mm wrench works great. It is reverse thread so turn the wrench clockwise to loosen it. You will need some way of holding the pulley while you turn the clutch. An Audi fan clutch holder tool works great for this task. audi a4 b5 fan clutch

7. After the fan clutch is out of the way you can remove the idle pulley and bracket. It is secured by four different size allen bolts. audi a4 idler pulley

8. Line up the timing marks starting with the crankshaft pulley. Rotate the crankshaft clockwise until the marks line up. audi a4 b5 crankshaft timing

At this point the camshaft "keys" will line up and be facing each other. NOTE: the larger holes should be on the inside and the small holes should be pointing out. audi a4 b5 camshaft timing

9. You want to make sure that the crankshaft does not move so remove the plastic access plug from the engine and install the crankshaft holder tool. Access plug is on the driver side bottom of the engine (right under the engine mount). Note: The 12V 2.8L (1997 and below) engine has a crankshaft position sensor in that location instead of a plastic plug. Remove the sensor and install the tool in the same spot. audi a4 crankshaft tool plug

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Justin Cain 10-28-2013 23:20
Thank you for posting and leaving this information up! I had no choice doing the repairs myself and this was a life saver for me.
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Artem Vestsorov 10-29-2013 20:35
Your welcome! Glad this helped you out.
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Dustin 09-05-2015 21:57
Hello Atem Vestsorov, I have a question. Im at the step where you line up the timing marks to the crankshaft pulley. When I did that the camshaft keys werent lined up. What could have been the reason why this happened? Thank you.
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Stokie 06-07-2016 20:07
Hi there Dustin,
If you do another rotation on the crankshaft the camshafts should line up. The cam pulleys are bigger than the crank pulley, so they turn half as fast. I think it's 2 turns of the crank for each camshaft revolution.
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Lee 11-24-2016 00:29
Hi Artem, I had my crank set at DTC and both large holes on sprockets facing each other. Then I cut TB and installed the bar to prevent sprocket spin. The guy skipped a step and for that reason when I went to loosen bolt on sprocket it rotated. I don't know what to do to make sprockets align when facing each other. Is there a way to make them do so again?
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AL 11-10-2013 00:24
Thank you so much, could not have done my car without your help.
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Artem Vestsorov 11-10-2013 12:36
No problem AL, thanks for stopping by.
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Heckner 11-30-2013 02:43
Hi Artem. It can't be easier the clear and simple that you explained this job, Thank you so much.
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Artem Vestsorov 12-01-2013 03:27
You're welcome! I appreciate the feedback.
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Sal 12-21-2013 15:31
i have a 1998 audi a4 quattro 2.8 v6 and a pulley fell off. i believe it would be the tenisoner pulley since it is at the top, small, and different than the rest. now let me add that the bolt is missing that holds it in place and i see wear on a small metal piece that was left hanging on the slot where the pulley is supposed to be. Is it safe to drive it home 20+ miles on the express way with out the serp belt or could i still bypass it to get home. if not what exact parts would i need to buy to get my car running healthly again.
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Artem Vestsorov 12-22-2013 01:00
Sounds like you will need to replace the serpentine belt tensioner. Not an expensive part and is easy to change. Is the car drivable? Yes. But it is not safe. Since there is no tension on the belt your power steering will be gone and your alternator will not work so your battery will not be recharging as you drive. Does the battery have enough juice to last 20 miles? I have no idea.

If you replace the tensioner then it is also a good idea to replace the serpentine belt as well.
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eric 12-30-2013 00:53
Artem, I had to replace the chain guides (plastics) inside the heads and the 1/2 moon gaskets etc etc....does the mark on the camshaft have to be dead center on the arrow (stamped in head) or there's some tolerance? I used the tool and everything seems to be lined up but somehow they are not perfectly centered either at the beginning or the end and Im not sure if it has to do with the tensioner... ... and Thank you for this informative page...its really appreciated
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Artem Vestsorov 01-02-2014 00:06
The manual states that the marks on the camshaft must line up with the arrow on the head. I know you said that they are no centered perfectly but do they at least line up?
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eric 01-24-2014 05:14
Yes they do but see the lines on the camshaft are a little thicker than the arrows on the head cap...I finally check for a third time and realize that the hydraulic tensioner takes care of the alignment in a way too...since it advances the chain a hair when it lifts up and everything lines up perfectly he is up and running perfectly fine now..Thank you
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pat 01-07-2014 07:13
How important is it that I get the camshaft holder tool and crankshaft pin
Is there anythin else I can use just a simple screw driver to keep them in place?
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Artem Vestsorov 01-07-2014 22:11
It is pretty important if you want the timing to be correct. I just can't picture anyone using screw drivers to keep the camshafts aligned. They have to be correctly aligned and the only way to do that is to use some kind of a bar. Some people have made their own bars and there are some schematics online. The crankshaft pin you can probably replace with a standard bolt but you would need to know the correct length of the pin tool.

You can buy both tools on ebay for $60 and then sell them for almost the same amount. I highly recommend that you get the tools, especially if this is your first time doing this job.
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ryan 12-21-2015 02:13
I cant locate where to install the crankshaft tool. Do I need to remove the crankshaft position sensor first and put the tool in from there? I have a 1996 A4 2.8.
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Artem Vestsorov 12-21-2015 03:27
If you look right under the motor mount bracket (driver's side) you will see a black plastic cap/cover that is held in place with a 10mm bolt. Remove the bolt & cap and then you will be able to install the crank lock pin.
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ryan 12-22-2015 19:37
Artem, either I am blind or just stupid. I cant find this plastic cover anywhere. The only thing I see in the area you described is the crankshaft position sensor. Once I pulled the sensor out, then it looks like it has threads to install the tool. Any thought if this is the correct spot for my car (1996 a4 v6 2.8l)
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Artem Vestsorov 12-22-2015 23:02
Guess I learned something new today. Looks like the 12V 2.8 engines have the crankshaft position sensor in that spot while the 30V 2.8 engines have a plastic plug and the crank sensor is in a different location.

So yes, remove the crank sensor and install the tool.

Article has been updated.
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ryan 12-27-2015 02:03
Artem, one last question concerning my 1996 a4 2.8 12v. Does this motor not have a hydraulic tensioner or dampener? My car has neither (step 13 I only have parts 1 and 2...dont have 3 or 4). Is that normal?
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Artem Vestsorov 12-28-2015 16:53
You are correct - no hydraulic tensioner. You tighten (step 6 of installation) part 2 and check belt tension between the passenger side cam sprocket and waterpump pulley. Tension is correct when you are able to twist the belt 90 degrees and no more. I should also mention that this step is done with the cam sprockets loosened up (step 4 of installation).
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ryan 01-01-2016 20:41
Artem, I just finished my timing belt thanks for your amazing detailed instructions. However, Im still having engine issue with my a4. Is there anyway to contact you through an personal email to ask you for advise?
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Artem Vestsorov 01-02-2016 02:15
Sure, you can use the contact link at the top of the website to send me a message.
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Jon 01-16-2014 04:04
On page 2 of this DIY it refers to puling the camshaft sprockets loose before installing the new TB. Per instructions I loosened the camshaft sprocket bolts 5 turns and then use a puller to pop the sprockets out.. Heres the Issue .. While pulling the sprocket it looks like the cam may have rotated. I felt this slight movement just before the sprocket popped (Which its suppose to do because it's pressed in). Does anyone know if theres a way to check the timing for Cams 1,2,3 ??? I want to do this before putting the new belt back on/ see if there's any other way to do it apart from pulling the valve cover???
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Artem Vestsorov 01-16-2014 05:20
If it moved slightly, then use the camshaft tool to put them back in their place. The camshaft "keys" (the one's that the camshaft tool goes into) can only be installed one way so even if the camshaft sprocket is loose, you can still use the "keys" to align the camshaft correctly.
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Eric 08-08-2016 14:49
So the sprocket is all that matters? He is asking the same question that I have - took off the camshaft sprocket and the it saw the camshaft spin about 30 degrees clockwise on the passenger side camshaft - how do I get it back to it's exact position? The sprocket is loose and have no idea of the exact position relative to the camshaft....
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nic 01-22-2014 13:35
is it possible to install the belt without lossing up the sprocket screw ? And also what about lining up the mark on camshaft to the mark on the plastic cover? Thank u
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Artem Vestsorov 01-23-2014 00:51
I'm sure it is possible but you run the risk of messing up the timing - especially when you go to apply the tension on the belt.

Not sure which marks you are talking about. As I remember it, there are no marks on the plastic cover. The cams are aligned using the camshaft tool - no marks are used.
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nic 01-23-2014 16:23
Hey thks Artem for your previous input...my issue is that i have a 97 A4 2.8 6cil witch i got without belt n nothing is marked. If u can help ill send u a lunch.thks
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Artem Vestsorov 01-23-2014 18:47
I don't know the whole back story on your A4 but if I got a car with no timing belt then it most likely snapped while the engine was running and the previous owner never bothered to replace it. My point is that there is a good chance that the valves are bent.

If you are set on replacing the belt then to align everything follow step #8 in this guide. Rotate the crankshaft until the notch on the pulley lines up with the arrow on the plastic cover. Then rotate each camshaft until the camshaft "keys" face each other (with the larger holes on the inside) and you are able to install the camshaft tool. That's it, no marks required.
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james 02-02-2014 13:31
Hey artem i got a question to asked you. do you really need that cam shaft holder tool for a 12v 2.8 quattro? if you do is there any other alternate i can improvise because that tool is pretty exspensive.
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Artem Vestsorov 02-02-2014 17:26
James,

The tools make this job almost impossible to screw up. Do you really need them? No. If you can find a way to mark everything and keep everything in place as you change the belt then you don't need them. An alternative is to make the bar yourself out of steel or wood - here is one guide: http://www.homemadetools.net/audi-2-8-cam-locking-tool. I don't know the exact dimensions, only that the 12v 2.8 bar is shorter than the 30v 2.8 bar.

What I did was buy the bar and locking pin on ebay for $60 (that's with shipping), used them, and then sold them on ebay for $15 less than the new price.
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james 02-03-2014 14:45
thanxs for the reply artem!
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Juan martinez 01-04-2016 19:47
I have a question on this I was driving on the freeway when this tensioner broke off and my serpentine belt came off. You mean to tell me this can cause my engine to go to crap? In really worried about this. I was not aware this would happen.


Quoting Artem Vestsorov:
I don't know the whole back story on your A4 but if I got a car with no timing belt then it most likely snapped while the engine was running and the previous owner never bothered to replace it. My point is that there is a good chance that the valves are bent.

If you are set on replacing the belt then to align everything follow step #8 in this guide. Rotate the crankshaft until the notch on the pulley lines up with the arrow on the plastic cover. Then rotate each camshaft until the camshaft "keys" face each other (with the larger holes on the inside) and you are able to install the camshaft tool. That's it, no marks required.
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Artem Vestsorov 01-04-2016 21:12
You are talking about the serpentine belt which runs the power steering, alternator and ac compressor. This belt is not the same thing as a timing belt. Your engine will be just fine.
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Juan martinez 01-04-2016 21:26
Seriously thankful for your response. I was freaking out as my girlfriend's transmission went out the other day I was extremely worried. Did not want to be without a car for that long. Thanks again for replying.
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Marcus 02-14-2014 19:43
Hey Thanx Artem for the post. I haven't had any timing belt issues yet, I think it was done before I got it, but it has been helpful for a belt change and tensioner fix. Now I need to get to the starter which is behind the alternator. Upon removal of the alternator I stripped a bolt. So in order to get at it I'm trying to remove the left timing belt cover and I can't get the second part off. If I try any harder I think I'm gonna break it! How the heck did you do it without breaking it or tampering with the (A/C?) or whatever that black plastic hose is? That's right in the freaking way! lol.
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eric 02-15-2014 03:28
thats not an a/c hose , if youre talking about the ribbed hard plastic hose in front of the alternator that just a smog hose and you can remove it by pinching the clips on it.
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Artem Vestsorov 02-15-2014 15:58
I know I had the serpentine belt tensioner removed. Then I undid the two clips and the second cover came off with no problems. Like eric pointed out, you can always disconnect the black hose.
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self thought mechani 02-17-2014 20:41
awesome job. Thanks for the explanation.
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Deon Kruger 03-14-2014 22:44
I changed the belt and tried to test fire it without the fan belt before I put everything back together just to see if it would start to see if everything is fine. I don't want to put it all together and then have to take it all back apart. But it won't start does it all need to be assembled before it would start is it wired that way?
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Artem Vestsorov 04-02-2014 23:56
Sorry but I missed this post. Did you ever get it working?
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peter 04-02-2014 22:20
Thanks very much for the posting. I am about to do this task myself. In regards to the removal of the crankshaft pulley. After I install my crank locking pin can I use it to hold
the pulley in place while I remove the bolts (in other words apply pressure against it). I am not sure if this might cause damage to the crankshaft).

thx
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Artem Vestsorov 04-03-2014 00:05
Those bolts are only torqued to 15 lb-ft (they should be) so I don't see it harming anything. However, if I remember right, the locking pin only prevents the crank from rotation clockwise. I believe you will still have to hold the crankshaft with a socket on the end while you loosen the pulley bolts counterclockwis e.
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Christian 04-08-2014 19:40
I cant get the pully you have labeled as number one any advice?
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Christian 04-08-2014 19:44
Get it off
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Artem Vestsorov 04-08-2014 22:52
It is held in place with a bolt. Remove the bolt and the pulley will come off.
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peter 04-12-2014 19:34
2001 Audi 2.8 ( C5 A6 ) idler pulley torque settings

I have a 2001 Audi 2.8 (V6 C5) can you tell me the torque setting for the following:

1/ idler pulley (2 bolts)

2/ idler pulley mount to engine block (2 bolts)

thx
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Artem Vestsorov 04-13-2014 01:44
If you are talking about the idler pulley in step 7. then those bolts should be torqued to 15 - 18 lb-ft.
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peter 04-20-2014 06:13
I now have the valve covers off and they are dirty with oil and crud. What product do you recommend to clean the inside of the cover? I tried some brake clean but that did not seem to work to well.

thx Peter
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Artem Vestsorov 04-21-2014 15:53
A brush and a degreaser such as Simple Green works well but be sure to dilute it properly and rise it off thoroughly. I've also used kerosene to clean engine parts.

Whatever you do, don't clean it with gasoline - that is dangerous for many reasons.
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James 05-21-2014 21:35
Wonderful information about vw timing belt installation. I wish I saw this before I installed mine. I removed the crankshaft pulley before marking. Now I don't know how I am going to recover the timing. My car does not turn over after starting it. Can you help please how I can identify the marks on the crankshaft.
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Artem Vestsorov 05-21-2014 21:40
You don't have to mark anything. The crankshaft pulley can only be installed one way. Install it and make sure the factory mark on the crank pulley lines up with the mark on the timing cover. Then line up the camshafts like I show in the guide. Install the belt and the timing should be correct.
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carina 06-28-2014 09:39
Thanks a million! I'm proud to say, with this help i managed to do this myself & men thought women can't do anything! Haha THANKS so much for your time to set these instructions together to help others :)
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Artem Vestsorov 06-29-2014 06:13
You're welcome! Glad it worked out for you.
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Andrew 11-15-2014 17:36
Hi Artem,

I recently bought a 1997 Audi A4 2.8L V6 Quattro and I need to replace the timing belt soon. So I am wondering what other seals I should expect to replace when I do this job?
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Artem Vestsorov 11-15-2014 21:45
Technically, none. If, however, you have an oil leak or just want to do this as preventative maintenance then I would recommend getting the complete valve cover gasket kit. It has the cam chain tensioner gaskets, 4 cam seals, 2 end caps, 2 half moon seals, and then the valve cover gasket itself. Blauparts have a video on how to replace them.

As for the front crankshaft seal, if it is not leaking then I would not mess with it.
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Karl 12-08-2014 07:22
I am attempting to replace my water pump/thermostat tomorrow. I have already replaced the alternator in this car so I have confidence that I will succeed here. I have a limited amount of tools so I'd like to know what size sockets/allen bits I'll need. Also, I have read that the factory pump is inferior to other models in that the factory model uses plastic in some places. Any suggestions there?
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Artem Vestsorov 12-09-2014 01:38
Unfortunately I do not have the socket/allen size information. As for the factory water pump - yes, originally the water pumps used a plastic impeller which was inferior. Audi later changed the material of the impeller to PPS. Aftermarket water pumps will have metal impellers. You really can't go wrong with either one and each one has been known to fail.
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M. McG 12-08-2014 18:52
After I replaced the serpentine tensioner my A6 starts but not completely. It tries to turn over. It started perfectly before - what did I do wrong?
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Sam Somah 12-31-2014 20:57
I changed my audi A6 Quattro 2.8L V6 1998 belt and tried to start it without fan belt, water tank, etc. Do I need to put everything back together before starting it or I can start without the rest of the parts connect..? Pls help!!
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max 01-18-2015 21:21
Hey is the timing belt removal and replacement the same for the 97 audi a4 quattro 2.8L 12VALVE v6?
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Kevin 03-11-2015 01:58
Great write up! Do you know the size of the camshaft bolt by any chance?
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Carina 03-12-2015 00:51
Hi-not sure if this will help- I used this "guide" for Tools Required when I did it (A4 1.8) •Drain pans for coolant and power steering fluid •Assorted Torx® drivers
•Assorted Allen sockets
•Assorted sockets, including 17 mm for camshaft nut and 19 mm 12-point for crankshaft nut.
•17 mm open end (to rotate accessory belt tensioner)
•Torque wrench
•Snap ring pliers (or VW tool for tensioner pulley) Tightening Torques
•Water pump bolts - 15 Nm
•Drive belt covers - 10 Nm •Accessory belt tensioner to block - 23 Nm •Drive belt tensioner pulley retaining nut - 27 Nm
•Camshaft sprocket bolt - 65 Nm (48 ft-lb)
•Crankshaft sprocket bolt - 90 Nm (66 ft-lb) plus ¼ turn (TTY bolt - always replace)
•Crankshaft pulley retainer bolts 10 Nm + 90°+ ¼ turn (TTY bolt - always replace

-hope you don't mind Artem that I shared the list,might be useful together with your amazing guideline!!
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Artem Vestsorov 03-13-2015 21:25
Not at all, thanks. Info like that is always welcome.
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Frank 04-15-2015 23:50
Artem, if I broke my exhaust camshaft on my 1998 Audi A4 do you think there is a high probability that valves were bent? I have the front of the car off and valve covers on bank 1,2,3 and the cam broke in half just past the first 3 lobes. this means the other lobes were not going to move from the position they were in when the cam broke. This would include the intake cams. By looking at them the valves are not being pressed down on any of the remaining lobes. Is it possible with the cam broken the pistons could have forced the valves up and turned the remaining part of the exhaust cam and intake cam controlling those valves into a safe position without bending the valves?
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Eric 06-08-2015 14:06
My car is currently in the show to have the water pump and timing belt changed. They cannot for the life of them, remove the nut in front of the Fan Clutch Pulley. They are loosening in the right direction, but they have applied an acetylene torch to it and used an air driver with no avail. Have you ever heard of that thing being impossible to remove? The only option I see is to cut it off and replace it... which is another $250 I can't afford. Any ideas?
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Artem Vestsorov 06-08-2015 17:31
Yes that thing is a biatch to remove. The main problem is keeping the pulley from rotating which is why you need a good tool to hold it in place. After that it's just a matter of applying lots of torque - you can see in step 6 photo that I use a long wrench. To get even more toque you can slip some kind of pipe over the wrench and use that for leverage.

If they are using a torch and it still won't come off then they are doing it wrong.
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Zee 07-08-2015 12:11
Hi Artem

I have a 1995 2.8 12valve audi,the serpentine was brittle and came off,I drove it back home 1km and replaced the belt and now my vehicle wont start. there is no spark. Had a guy run the diagnostics everything passed.I checked all fuses are working when they should.There is 12volts coming into the coils and leaving to the module on the air cleaner having 3pins.BUT when I crank it the other end of that module now 4pins only has 0.3volts and same when i cank and test the speed sensor. I am now totally lost....
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Dustin 09-06-2015 03:34
Hello Atem Vestsorov, I have a question. Im at the step where you line up the timing marks to the crankshaft pulley. When I did that the camshaft keys werent lined up. What could have been the reason why this happened? Thank you.
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Artem Vestsorov 09-06-2015 13:17
If the camshafts keys were off by a few degrees then that's okay - it could be due to a loose belt. Just rotate the cams into the correct position so that you can install the locking bar.

If the keys are facing completely different directions then you may need to rotate the crankshaft one more time.
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Dustin 09-06-2015 21:04
Hello when I line up the timing marks on the camshaft, the left and right camshaft are misaligned. In the book or your diagram when you aligned The timing marks the left and right camshaft are aligned with the small holes on the outside and the larger holes on the inside and the smaller holes on the outside i rotated it many times.
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Dustin 09-06-2015 21:07
How could I get the left and right camshaft to align correctly?
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Artem Vestsorov 09-07-2015 00:17
First, make sure that the CRANKSHAFT is in the correct position (timing mark lined up with the mark on the timing cover). At this point the camshafts "keys" should be lined up or should be close.

Next you need the camshaft locking bar (step 11). It can only be installed one way and that is when the large hole on the camshaft "keys" are inside and the smaller holes facing out. If the camshafts are not aligned but are CLOSE you can rotate them by hand (use the bar for leverage if you have to). The timing belt may need to be removed before you can rotate the cams if they are way off. Once the locking bar is installed then you know the cams are aligned correctly.

So the question is, how bad are they misaligned? A few degrees? Completely opposite directions?
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Dustin 09-07-2015 00:14
Im really am not familiar with this part of the car and i call some parts the wrong name sometimes. But I meant to say I lined up the crank shaft perfectly and the left and right camshaft is completely different.
How can I align the left and right camshaft correctly. I also rotated the crankshaft many times and the same result happens.
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Dustin 09-07-2015 17:15
They are way off. The left looks kind of like this ( \ ) whith the smaller hole on the right that is pointing down and the right camshaft looks like this ( - ) with the small hole on the right. That is a preety accurate description of it using the derection it looks just how it does im the parentheses. Also this is how it would look facing the the front of the car. So im going to need to take off the timing belt and rotate the camshaft keys like you said.
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thomas 09-20-2015 10:01
I replaced my timing belt , the timing is fine, my problem now is, when I start the car it start with a high ruffing , I checked all my air pipes the are fine, now I don't no what is a problem, pls would you idvice me on this
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Nat 10-04-2015 12:04
Hi trying to change the time img belt but can't get the part off that is in front of the cover have tried everything but the bolt just will not give any ideas pls it an Audi Quattro tdi 02
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mal 11-19-2015 22:42
Hi. I have just installed a new drive belt,water pump and thermostat in my 2001 VW Passat 4motion V6.
I lined up the timing marks on the crank with the arrow on the casing and the two cams large holes are perfectly in line pointing inside. Everything looks right??
The car will not start?
I checked the no1 cylinder and the piston is not at TDC it is at the bottom. when i bring the piston up to TDC using crank wrench the lines on the crank do not line up with the arrow on case and my cams are out of wack .
Like i said its a none starter now??
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Daniel 02-25-2016 01:26
Hey, I am currently in the middle of this process! I just took off the timing belt tensioner to discover that I have no relay and dampener at all! Which is whatever considering I bought the car in a torn apart state and with boxes full of parts! But my question is probably obvious but, is there a way you can bypass one or did it get left out by accident by the previous owner? And if do need one, where could I get one?
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Artem Vestsorov 02-25-2016 23:53
You most likely have a 1997 or older 12V 2.8L V6 engine. Those did not come with a relay or dampener.
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Alistair 04-06-2016 22:07
Hello Artem, Great write up with pics. I have a question about what I think is a very similar Audi engine, the 2.6l abc. I have the crankshaft at tdc on the pully marks and one of the camshafts looks correct but the other is slightly off. The one on the left as I look at it has the wings horizontal with the big hole on the inside(should be correct) but the one on the right has the wings about 5 degrees off horizontal pointing slightly down on the inside and I don't think I can fit the camshaft holding tool like this(coming in two days mail order). My question is this, Is it definitely the case that the wings that the camshaft tool holds actually somehow lock into the ends of the camshafts like some sort of woodruff key? I'm concerned that they might also be able to rotate freely like the sprockets do when they are pulled and if the right camshaft is already off then how do I know where the correct position is? Is there a mark inside the cam covers? Clearly the last garage did not use the tool or it wouldn't look like this and I guess that they probably didn't loosen the sprockets before tightening the belt and it pulled the right camshaft timing slightly off tdc. I welcome your thoughts and any description of the cams. Thanks in advance for your time.
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Artem Vestsorov 04-07-2016 22:46
Hi Alistair, you are correct - the "wings" can only be installed one way and are keyed to the camshaft. They cannot be rotated without rotating the camshaft. The camshaft sprockets, however, are pressed onto the camshaft and will rotate freely once you use a puller to pull them free. If you find that the right camshaft is slightly off horizontally then use a wrench to rotate it in place so that you can install the tool. It may sound confusing but once you look at the tool and the cams, it will make sense.
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Alistair 04-08-2016 17:30
Many thanks for the reply. It all makes sense now. Itching for the tool to arrive so I can get the job done properly. It seems that it has done 70,000 miles with the camshaft timing slightly wrong. Who knows, it may perform a little better after my diy belt change! Thanks
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Paul 12-01-2016 03:09
The picture of the crankshaft plug hole should be a little better. If you are working on a 2.8 its north of your oil pan. However you should look by the AC compressor, that's where your average human being will be able to fit their hand to get to the plastic plug or sensor on these motors. If you are tool literate your best bet is a easy red quarter drive mini. They fit any where. The tool you get via Amazon does work, however you will need to apply pressure to get it to rotate into the hole. Even still if the threads are not perfect you will will need to pay attention to the crankshaft position so when you put the balance back on it will not be out of timing with the camshafts. It sounds far more complicated then it is. Basically do not over think your work at the point where you would start using these tools, and pay attention to the orientation of the crank and cams and you will be okay.
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michael 02-09-2017 11:03
Hi Artem; regarding Mal's challenge dated' 11-19-2015 22-42
that when the camshafts are well alligned with a locking bar how is the TDC position sopposed to look like?
i would also be keen to understand this procedure as a way to confirm final timing settings.

Best regards
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al 02-09-2017 21:29
Look at picture number 8
The mark on the crankshaft pulley is lined up with the little mark on the back cover.
That is TDC. In this position you can insert the special screw in tool into the hole in the crankshaft casing. You need to carefully remove the sensor first so you can screw in the tool.
To sum up, you need two tools. One to lock the crankshaft and the other one to lock the camshafts. Only like that can you safely remove the timing belt.
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Hunter Clawson 07-02-2017 23:56
Hopefully someone can help. Replaced the old leaky water pump and old timing belt, using the locking tools I know that my cams and cranks are all lined up properly. After I put the new timing belt on and applied tension I tried turning the crank over to make sure everything is lined up. When I hand crank the crankshaft I can only get about 30 degrees before it just gets tight and locks up, wont turn anymore. Am I off a tooth?? Is something binding that I'm not aware of? I'd like to think I'm not a total idiot but please someone prove me wrong!!
Thanks!
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Ryan 07-03-2017 03:04
Did you forget to remove the crankshaft locking pin?
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