I use Irwin bolt extractors which let you hammer the tool onto the bolt head. I've been able to remove any stuck valve cover bolt like that. At least you are going to have a clean manifold when you get done.
Valve cover bolts problem - check
Harmonic bolts problem - check
That's why I make customers buy a set of each for timing belt jobs. Never have a problem if I did the work last though. As to the balancer spray penetrating oil in there as much as you can and spin it if you can. Once it's moved a...
I don't know the mechanics of how it works, but as I understand it the ECU communicates with the cluster to see if it's allowed to run the engine. It takes about second or two for that interrogation to take place where then the engine is shut off (if the code doesn't match) and the error is...
If it were that simple, people could steal cars easy enough by swapping ECUs. The cluster is what holds the security code regardless of the ECU you install.
You could delete the immobilizer and carry on.. https://kermatdi.com/i-421-immobilizer-delete.html
Until he posts a pic of the pump pinned while the crank is at TDC, I am skeptical if the pump is at its TDC position. Wouldn't be the first time this happens while we all are throwing advice at the problem.
It should start if the injectors are bled. You should be seeing fuel spew out of them if you loosen the nut.
If you don't mind, set the crank at TDC, then take a pic of the injection pump pinned.
Take it from above the pump right over the postage stamp size smooth flat spot on top of the...
The selector ring tabs have fallen out of position. I do see the clip ring still in place. I would disassemble the gear and see what is amiss.
Also, you can use this link for how to swap out the 5th gear. Very helpful information on the whole gear area that could give you insight to the problem.
I am going to assume you mean it won't start, but it cranks, even though you say it won't crank. As ToxicDoc say, they are two different things.
I think the fuel lines are bleed well based on what you have said. Go and check injection pump timing.
1) Set engine to TDC
2) Take off timing belt...
Does your car have the ventectomy mod? On the mk4s you can remove the vent nipple permanently and get another 2 gallons to the tank.
While this doesn't improve MPG, it will extend your range on average about double the MPG number in distance.
I have done the rebuild of axles and it's not hard. The hardest part is getting the axles out. On the passenger side, if the axle is a big tube, then it's most likely OEM. If a solid bar, chinesium axles.
If your axles are not making noises and just need new boots, then get them from...