I replaced the timing belt and water pump on my daughters 2004 2.0L Beetle. In the process I moved the crank very slightly. I realized what I had done so I found what I believed was TDC and completed the repair. My daughter took it for a drive and said that it isn't right..in her words it sounds like a race car. Is it possible for it to still run if it is one tooth off? I had to turn the cam pulley counterclock wise to line up the timing marks on the cam pulley and the arrow on the engine to line up. Should I turn the cam pulle one more tooth counterclockwise and see if that solves the "race car" syndrome? Thankingyou in advance for any help I might can get.
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2004 Volkswagen Beetle Question: Timing belt on 2004 VW Beetle
Answer #1Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, October 06, 2009, 10:11Master
The engine will run if it is one tooth off, maybe even two.
I'm looking at the manual for the timing belt replacement, and it shows that the camshaft and crankshaft pulleys both have a mark that is supposed to line up with a mark on the engine. There is also a mark on the flywheel that lines up with a mark on the transmission.
The next step is to line up the crankshaft pulley, or the flywheel with the appropriate marks on the block/transmission, and check the camshaft marks, they should be lined up, if not, adjust the belt timing.
Good Luck, let me know what you find out!