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Make your own marks with some whiteout or similar. Mark a couple teeth on the belt for each pulley (cam, intermediate, crank). Can't hurt to go to tdc, but it isn't necessary. You could also remove the belt, then get things aligned properly.
 

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i have to change a timing belt tensioner soon. Does anyone has any tips how to do it without messing up my timing? any help is very appreciated. Car is 96 gti. Thanks in advance

Use a bungee cord. Use it to keep the tension on the belt when you loosen the tensioner and replace it. You wont even need to worry about your timing as long as you keep the tension on the belt.
 

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Re: FV-QR (tdogg74)

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Use a bungee cord. Use it to keep the tension on the belt when you loosen the tensioner and replace it. You wont even need to worry about your timing as long as you keep the tension on the belt.

^^this is a great idea. I've done the same but using zip ties.
 

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Re: FV-QR (tdogg74)

Quote, originally posted by tdogg74 »

Use a bungee cord. Use it to keep the tension on the belt when you loosen the tensioner and replace it. You wont even need to worry about your timing as long as you keep the tension on the belt.

I use the spanner wrench from hazet works on the early style, I forget how to tensioner the thermo style
 
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