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im guessingnoone recommends doing this themself (to someone not that experienced)?
anyone have it done and have a rough guess on how much it cost? im surei can just call a shop and ask but, i dont know. i prolly will. kinda just wanna know how hard it is?
 

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$300-$1000..depending on the shop..Most places suggest doing a water pump while down there.
 

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I got a quote from my local VW dealer for right around $900. That was for replacing the timing and serpentine belts, the water pump, timing belt tensioner, etc. I bought this '01 Jetta last year from the original owner and the belt had never been changed on it (140,000 miles). I did it myself and it wasn't that hard, but I have a fair amount of mechanical experience. The water pump does need to be replaced if it's original... half of the plastic impeller on mine was broken off.
 

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The water pump doesn't have to be replaced, but you have to take it off anyway, no sense in taking it off twice if you have to replace it within a couple thousand miles...

I had mine done at a shop specializing in VW's. $800, labor and parts.
 

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thanks god I do all of it myself lol


Dealers make a killing on jobs like this.
 

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buy a timing gun, and your good
 

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whats QFT stand for ? I never understood it lol
 

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Whoa... buy a timing gun??? What for? It won't help you a bit. You're interested in keeping the orientation of TDC of the crankshaft mechanically aligned with the timing mark on the camshaft... this is done by visually lining up a couple of marks on both. If you try to run the engine while it's not in alignment, you'll more than likely bend some valves.
 
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