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Offline LouieP

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MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« on: June 09, 2020, 03:19:51 pm »
Afternoon gents,

Does anyone know what bolt i require to release tension on the tensioner to change my serpentine belt? Internet says m8x1.25 but i cant find this locally

TIA
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Offline Pristle

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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2020, 03:49:41 pm »
Where's locally?


EDIT: The likes of EDL or the Bolt Shop should have them.
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Offline Gordo

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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2020, 05:54:40 pm »
Yeah, it isn't an uncommon pitch - where are you looking?
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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2020, 06:54:21 pm »
The ones i have found are stupid expensive. I was just wanting to see if someone used a different kinda of bolt to do this
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Offline Gordo

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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2020, 02:37:35 am »
That doesn't specify thread pitch - using the wrong one with screw up the adjuster. However, it is a machine screw - full thread, so doesn't have a shank that may bottom out in the adjuster.
Literally ANY hardware store will carry the bolts, or screws, with a variety of head types, and I would be surprised if one cost more than a couple of bucks.

Again, where is 'locally'?
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Offline LouieP

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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2020, 06:14:21 pm »
Locally = m8x1.25 nz on google. It would help provide a starting point

Repco/supercheap could confirm m8 in stock but not pitch 1.25. Surely someone here has replaced a belt on a mk3?
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Offline wilco

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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2020, 10:19:09 pm »
Must be a bolt elsewhere on the engine that is that size.  Inlet manifold perhaps?  Pretty common size

Offline Gordo

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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2020, 01:46:48 am »
WHERE THE damn DO YOU LIVE? IS THAT TOO HARD A QUESTION TO ANSWER?
THERE COULD BE SOMEONE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD WHO CAN GIVE YOU ONE, OR TELL YOU EXACTLY WHERE TO GET ONE!
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Offline LouieP

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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2020, 03:42:24 pm »
WHERE THE damn DO YOU LIVE? IS THAT TOO HARD A QUESTION TO ANSWER?
THERE COULD BE SOMEONE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD WHO CAN GIVE YOU ONE, OR TELL YOU EXACTLY WHERE TO GET ONE!
LOL! I'm in Auckland. The city that has everything except for this bolt!
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Offline the phantom

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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2020, 04:17:20 pm »
have you tried the Bolt Shop on Archers Rd on the Shore?
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Offline LouieP

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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2020, 08:20:02 pm »
have you tried the Bolt Shop on Archers Rd on the Shore?
I did try calling them but no answer. Emailed too and no reply. I am in the manurewa district so will try and search the manukau area.
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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2020, 10:54:11 am »
I'd forgotten about them. They have some magical toys for the workshop there too.

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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2020, 12:21:54 pm »
Sorted?
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Offline LouieP

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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2020, 05:48:54 pm »
Nope, I called they said they were unsure and that they'd check and get back to me...no one got back to me... ill be out and about in manukau tomorrow so will stop by the shop
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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2020, 02:54:27 pm »
Seriously - you can't source an M8 bolt with 1.25 pitch?  No-one stocks them?  What length do you need and full thread or what?  I have plenty old ones sitting around.

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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2020, 01:09:12 pm »
The Champion rack of fasteners you find at REPCO, for example, have 8x1.25 bolts. They are not uncommon, so can't understand the difficulty.
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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2020, 12:06:01 pm »
I have bolt if you need to loan one,

I probably have a spare tensioner and V-Belt too
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Re: MK3 VR6 Serpentine belt replacement
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2020, 01:09:57 pm »
Mitre10 have several bolts to suit. Popped in to look at workbenchs and took a stroll down the fasteners aisle. I'd almost go so far as to say most of their M8 bolts are 1.25.

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