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1989 Volkswagen Fox Timing Belt Cover Removal Instructions

The 1989 Volkswagen Fox uses a timing belt to ensure that the crankshaft and the camshaft are turning in harmony. This timing belt is protected by a timing belt cover, which is made of plastic and comes in two pieces. If you need to remove or replace the timing belt on your Fox, then you need to take off this cover. This can be tricky to do if you don't know where are the bolts are, but the job can be done at home with a few basic tools.

Tools Used: 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket set, Open-end wrench set, Jack, 2 jack stands, Tire iron, Phillips screwdriver, Hex-head key set

Remove Timing Belt Cover

Open the hood. Locate the alternator, which is next to the air conditioning lines and the belt system on the passenger side of the motor. Loosen the adjustment bolt on the alternator by turning the bolt counterclockwise using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Push the alternator toward the engine so the belt comes loose, then pull the belt off the alternator and other accessories.

Hold the crankshaft sprocket bolt on the engine using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then unbolt the pulley from the engine with an open-end wrench.

Unbolt the upper timing belt cover from the engine using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Pull off the upper cover using your hands.

Put on the parking brake. Lift the front of the Volkswagen Fox with the jack, put jack stands under the frame and lower the vehicle onto the stands. Unbolt the passenger side front wheel with the tire iron and remove it from the car. Remove the splash shield on the inside of the fender well using the Phillips screwdriver.

Unbolt the lower timing belt cover from the engine using the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets. Use a hex-head key to remove the bolt located inside the tiny hole above the exposed sprocket. Pull the cover off the timing belt.

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