VW Polo Cam Belt And Water Pump Setting

Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16v cam belt and water pump replacement

Here are a few pictures of how a VW polo 1.4 16v should be timed up using the correct equipment.
At RP Automotive Services we do not rely on tippex , drill bits, bolts or other methods for setting the timing we use the manufacturer recommended tools for the job.


VW Polo 1.4 Cambelt

VW Polo 1.4 cam Timing Pins

The damaged that can be caused by incorrect timing of the camshafts and crankshaft can be extensive and very costly
to repair.

When the timing belt is to be replaced the garage should replace any guides and tensioners at the same time.

If your vehicles water pump is driven by the timing belt we recommend it is also replaced.

When using a garage/mechanic to carry out your repairs or servicing please make sure they have the correct equipment.

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Both Cam Belts

and experience to carry the work out to the highest standards.

A diagnostic scan will be performed before and after repairs.





18 comments. Leave a Reply

  1. Ac Repair Services Frisco

    Its really such a great post. Like to read these types of posts. Keep continue and thanks for sharing such a great post.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read the post and comment

  2. Great post Darren, enjoyed the read. I’ll be linking/re-posting from my friends website Mobile Mechanic in Dublin. He also supplies Tyres Dublin and Part Worn Tyres. I’ll let him know to come here an comment also!

    Thanks, Mark.

    • Thank you for forwarding this Darren.


  3. That was very useful information. Always been a little affraid to tackle the cam belt but think I might give it a go now.

    • Hi Darren,
      I am glad you found the blog helpful, just remember to have the correct tools and take your time.

  4. Richard@Car Valeting Eastbourne

    Hello Richard.

    I stumbled on your blog through Small Business Website Club and was impressed by your results in the search engines. I’m just working on a website for my car valeting company in Hailsham, near Eastbourne.

    It’s nice to be able to come and look at a related blog and your was recommended. I’m implementing a blog myself so please feel free to pop over and take a look

    • Thank you for the nice comment,
      I have had a look at your blog and must say it looks very good.


  5. cuthbert matengaifa

    Thank you for the information on the vw polo.1.4 .l also own one, can l have the info on how to remove the timing belt.

    • I will write up the process in the next week or two, although I would only advise carrying out this job if you are competent and have the correct equipment as severe damage to the engine can be caused if the process is carried out incorrectly.

  6. john@locksmiths Dublin in Ireland

    Hello Richard,
    I think this will definitely helpful for mechanical who is not aware about this pump setting. A perfect mechanical updated itself at every time. So this technique should be adapted by a mechanical.

    • Hello John,
      Thanks for taking time to comment on this post,I always advise the water pump to be changed when it is driven by the cam belt.

  7. Sam @ Compare The Value

    It is very helpful to know that timing and correct equipment is crucial in this job. Sometimes, we cannot just entrust everything to car service companies. We also have to see how fix our car to make sure that they do it right. Thanks for this great post, Richard.

    • Thanks for the comment, it is not worth undertaking repairs or maintenance without the correct equipment.

  8. Great pictures! It’s great to hear that you use manufacturer recommended tools to do the job. Not everyone does that and I think that’s a sensitive and a very good thing to do. Keep it up!

    • Thank you for taking the time to post.

  9. Hi Richard.
    Thank’s for another informative and useful article. A friend of mine owns a VW Polo. I will send her a link to your page.

    • Kay,
      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I have seen many strange and wonderful methods of setting the engine for cam belt or chain replacement. Best practise is to use the correct tools for the job being undertaken.


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