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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 January 20th, 2020, 18:34   #1
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Default Timing Belt Training/Observation/Experience?

Hi all. Hoping I get lucky and someone in the Vegas area knows how to do a TB on a TDI (I have an ALH). Iím probably 1-2 years away so I have time to help/see many. I can provide beer and perhaps even some tools. I want to be able to do my own TBs on my ALH but donít have the confidence to just ďjump inĒ and give it a whirl with no training/experience. I want to expand my capabilities beyond basic maintenance.

I work for an airline so Iíd even consider flying somewhere to watch and learn!


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Old January 20th, 2020, 19:47   #2
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Hi all. Hoping I get lucky and someone in the Vegas area knows how to do a TB on a TDI (I have an ALH). I’m probably 1-2 years away so I have time to help/see many. I can provide beer and perhaps even some tools. I want to be able to do my own TBs on my ALH but don’t have the confidence to just “jump in” and give it a whirl with no training/experience. I want to expand my capabilities beyond basic maintenance.

I work for an airline so I’d even consider flying somewhere to watch and learn!


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I do them from time to time. In Houston. Feel free to use that option. Have an ALH to do right now. Maybe next weekend. Also a common rail one as well.
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Old January 20th, 2020, 20:44   #3
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I do them from time to time. In Houston. Feel free to use that option. Have an ALH to do right now. Maybe next weekend. Also a common rail one as well.


Much appreciated! This month wouldnít work too well for me but Iíll keep that in mind! Cheers!

Iím hoping to move to Houston in 4-5 years once I finish my retirement and can move there for my airline.



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Old January 22nd, 2020, 14:22   #4
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Going to GTGs is an excellent way to observe and assist with maintenance items before having to jump in and go full-on DIY. I watched & helped with a few timing belts before doing them myself... and saw a few go completely off the rails.


Really helps to learn what to do and more importantly what NOT to do.
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Going to GTGs is an excellent way to observe and assist with maintenance items before having to jump in and go full-on DIY.

If only GTGs were still a thing....
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If only GTGs were still a thing....


I just looked for my area (Vegas) in the discussion area and see one thread...so they arenít real common anymore apparently?


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Old January 23rd, 2020, 08:16   #7
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If only GTGs were still a thing....

Best way to attend one is host it yourself
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Old January 23rd, 2020, 13:03   #8
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Peruse this site for possible local gatherings-Mountain/Southwest States

More info on last page of this thread-TDI fest 2019-2020

But I think if you can lay your car up for like a week, you won't have problems doing it yourself. Find 2 different instructions, read them clear through more than once before starting.
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