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Old April 14th, 2018, 22:55   #7828
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Location: St.Paul, MN
TDI(s): 02 golf ALH
Fuel Economy: 42 stock, 47-49 now

Originally Posted by DI fan View Post
486 are you saying the shim dropped out and you were able to get one back in while the pump was still on the car?
no, the end cap with three flats, not internal pump parts

If it did fall out it'd likely slide around in the spring cavity, not much for it to get hung up on on that side of the camplate, the advance mechanism port is on the other side of the camplate.

If you do see it in the bottom there it's pretty easy to get it back, just gotta pull the pump and take the head loose with it held vertical, stack the bits back in and then tighten the four bolts. T-belt tensioner can be done with a 90 degree nose snap ring pliers, and cam timing will be unchanged as you are using the same belt again, so no need to do anything but mark the belt and pulley at both the IP and camshaft.
You do have to retime the IP, but you can not hurt the engine adjusting that, just bump it forward and backward a tiny bit at a time until it stops setting codes if you only have a cheap code scanner. Easier with a vag-com, but not necessary.

ETA: you might be able to get it all schlepped back in there with the pump body on the car by using brake clean to get its pocket in the plunger dry-clean and using some sticky grease to hold it while trying to stick the plunger, head, and return springs all back in there, but that's a very fiddly job with very high chances of dropping parts where they'll never be found (between the accy bracket and block)

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