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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old July 20th, 2008, 23:16   #1
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Default Swooshing noise after timing belt change

Just finished changing the timing belt, roller, and water pump on my 2005 PD with the 100k kit from Dieselgeek.

Everything went well but now that I'm done I notice a swooshing sound that seems to repeat every revolution of the timing belt.

I've read the posts that talk about this being caused by the belt "wobbling" a bit and rubbing against the lip of the tensioner. They seem to indicate that this is a sign that something in the timing belt path could fail soon.....

One thing I noticed is that after everything was back together the tensioner seems to be just a bit over-tensioned. The pointer is just outside the slot.

Does anyone know if over tensioning could cause this problem, or should I be concerned that one of my newly replace parts may have a problem?


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Old July 21st, 2008, 13:57   #2
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hard to tell. It could be over tensioned or it could be a bad part.

Either way, I would probably be concerned enough to do the TB job again or have a guru look at it.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 06:21   #3
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Overtension will cause some TB noise...re-do the tension and check for noise again.

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