2.8 12v timing belt swap

Kris Hansen kris_j_hansen at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 25 06:23:14 EDT 2001

Good morning all,

I soon going to be changing the timing
belt/waterpump/t-stat and idler on a 2.8 12v engine,
in a '96 A4. Are there any special tricks I should
know about? I have looked over the pages in the
Bentley, and there are 2 special tools mentioned, a
crankshaft holder tool, and a camshaft holder tool.
Are these absolutely essential, or can I just double
and triple check the orientations of the pulleys as
the install progresses? I noticed that Baum has the
tools, but they are a little pricey (or am I just


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