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    hi just got a 1981 diesel rabbit, changed all 4 motor mounts, in the process i noticed a bad timming belt. bought all the special tools, having an issue with reinstalling the belt. i have the crank pully off, timing belt tenninsioner is on, i took the cam sprocket off, (cam shaft is locked along with injection pump, with the special tools.) i slide the belt on the cam sprocket and stick it on the cam shaft, but it always moves the crank, just a little. i dont have anyone to help, like holding the crank sprocket with a breakerbar, i thought other people have done this, maybee someone came up with a solution. thanks..

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    Re: 1981 rabbit diesel with 1.6, changing timing belt, asking advise..

    No, it will all move a wee bit as you tension the belt. You have to fight it.... The issue with locking the cam, and ip is that as you found the crank moves.

    What I did, was to get all the slack in the belt at the tensioner, so that the belt was holding the others in, I think I even moved the crank a wee bit to compensate for the travel. So that as I tightened the belt the crank moved back to 0.

    Once you get it, then you still need to rotate the engine by hand about 4 times to check for binds, then recheck the timing..... I painted a mark on the pulley so that I could get it close as I was rotating the crank before getting off the floor to check the tranny.
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