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How to Replace Serpentine Belt 10-14 Volkswagen GTI

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How to Replace Serpentine Belt 10-14 Volkswagen GTI

Created on: 2018-05-09

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken, noisy, squeaky, worn or groaning serpentine belt tensioner on 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 VW GTI

  1. step 1 :Removing the Wheel
    • Loosen the lug nut covers with the hook found in the kit in the trunk
    • Loosen the 17mm lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step 2 :Removing the Intercooler Line
    • Remove the T25 Torx fasteners from the fender liner/splash shield
    • Loosen the two captioned T30 Torx from the intercooler line
    • Pry out the lock rings from the intercooler line
    • Remove the intercooler line
  3. step 3 :Removing the Serpentine Belt
    • Turn the tensioner clockwise with a 17mm socket and breaker bar
    • Remove the serpentine belt from the crankshaft pulley
  4. step 4 :Reinstalling the Serpentine Belt
    • Turn the tensioner clockwise
    • Bring the alternator over
    • Bring the belt over the A/C pulley
    • Bring the belt around the crankshaft pulley
    • Bring the belt over the tensioner
    • Turn the tensioner counterclockwise
  5. step 5 :Reinstalling the Intercooler Line
    • Insert the intercooler line into place
    • Clasp the lock rings
    • Tighten the two captioned T30 Torx bolts
    • Tighten the T25 Torx bolts to the fender liner
  6. step 6 :Reattaching the Wheel
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 120 Newton meters in a crossing or star pattern
    • Tighten the lug nut covers

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Jack Stands

    Floor Jack

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Torque Wrench


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    17mm Socket

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Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

In this video, we are going to show you how to replace a serpentine belt in a 2010 Volkswagen GTI. If you need any parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

We're going to pull the wheel off. These normally have caps over it. So on your vehicle, you may have those. You're going to use a tool from the kit in the trunk. It's got a hook on it. You put it in the center of the cap and pull straight up. This vehicle doesn't not have that. So I'm just going to take them off with a 17 millimeter socket and a breaker bar. Just going to break them free. This is the passenger side of the vehicle.

We're using a two post lift to raise and lower the vehicle. At your house, you can use a jack and jack stands. All right, we're going to take these lug studs out. The Volkswagen uses lug studs or lug bolts, not lug nuts. For this one, when you get to the last one, you're going to want to make sure you put pressure on the wheel because of the lug studs, the wheel will fall. Grab the wheel.

To access the front of the motor, we're going to take this panel out. We're going to start my taking these T25s out one at a time. So there's one fastener here, this one here, one here. There's two right here and then underneath, there's one right here, one here, one here, one here. There's two right here and this one's missing one. But there's normally one right there.

Next, we're going to take this intercooler pipe out. This comes off the turbo and goes to the intercooler. We're going to take these two torx out. It's a T30 and ratchet. These bolts are capturing so they won't pull out. So they'll just stay there. We're going to pull this intercooler pipe out. There's a little lock ring here. We're going to pull it straight out. Just hold it. You should be able to wiggle it right out and then we're going to do the same up here. Little lock right there. Pull it up. It comes out of the way. You can separate it there. But there's no need to since we were able to separate it in these two spots. That gives us the most room to work.

Now we're going to pull the belt off. The tensioner is right here. You're going to use a 17 millimeter socket and we're going to use a breaker bar. But you could use a ratchet. We'll put it on and you're going to pull it towards the back of the vehicle. That's going to loosen the tension to the belt. We can slip the belts right off. You're going to want to hold it a little bit so you don't get it stuck like that. There you go.

To make it easier to put the new belt on, we're going to put a small Allen down this hole in the tensioner to pull the tensioner tight. All right, so we're going to install our serpentine belt. We're going to have to go over the alternator pulley up top and come down around our AC compressor. We'll go around our crank pulley next and pull it down around our tensioner and now that it is set, we're able to pull our holder out. We can take tension off with our 17 millimeter socket and ratchet. Then we can pull out our Allen and now it's good.

Now we're going to reinstall our intercooler pipe. You want to make sure that these clips are pushed down. On this one, you can see it's out. All you got to do is push it in. Okay, you can push it in. Just give it a little force until it clicks. Install these two T30s. We're going to use our T30 socket and a ratchet. Snug these down.

Next, we're going to install this side panel shield. Install all your T25 bolts. Now I'm going to install the tire. Line it up with the holes and hold it and we'll use our 17 millimeter socket to put our lug studs on or lug bolts, whatever you want to call it. Now we're going to torque the lug studs to 120 newton meters in a star pattern. When you do it in a star pattern, it makes the wheel go flush to the brake rotor properly.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 17mm Socket

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