*Update 5/1/19* – The VW timing chain settlement was approved by a judge last December.
**If your Audi or Volkswagen does not qualify for the Audi/VW 2.0 TSI timing chain tensioner recall, then the eEuro team is here for you! According to the Audi and VW timing chain settlement, the timing chain system is comprised of the timing chain tensioner, timing chain, chain sprockets, guide rails and tensioning rail. Since you’re doing or covering the repairs yourself, you should also consider replacing the following VW or Audi engine parts: the lower 2.0t timing cover and the cam bridge bracket. More on that further below…
**If you think your car might qualify, you should seek a lawyer working on this Audi and VW timing chain lawsuit. Even if you already had repair work done you might still be entitled to some reimbursement of the timing chain system repair or replacement cost. Again, seek a lawyer for more information about the VW timing chain settlement. We cannot help you with a lawsuit-related question, so please contact us only if you’re handling the replacement.
If you have a late model Audi or VW 2.0T and you are wondering about things to keep an eye on, VW/Audi 2.0t engine problems with the timing chain tensioner should be at the top of your list. The engines in question are in the 2.0 TSI family, and include the CCTA, CBFA, CAEB, CAEA, CDNC and CPMA code numbers. These engines went into hundreds of thousands of cars between 2008-2013. These VW/Audi 2.0t engine problems were so widespread it led to the VW timing chain settlement. The specific defect in these engines is timing chain tensioner failure in what’s supposed to be responsible for the timing jumping teeth. With the timing messed up, the valves will hit the pistons and bend ie. total failure. Most reports of engines failing right at startup.
Later engines of the same EA888 family featured an updated part, which is used to update early style cars. Luckily if you have an early TSI engine, the preemptive chain tensioner replacement is not that big of a deal. The part is cheap and not too hard to replace, just tedious because you have to access the timing cover. On cars with transverse mounted engines this is done through the passenger side wheel well under the fender liner. On longitudinally mounted engines, you will most likely have to remove the bumper to replace the timing chain tensioner.
In 2016, this defect was causing so many engines to fail that a class action lawsuit was filed, and the widespread Audi/VW 2.0 TSI engine problems effectively resulted in a nationwide timing chain tensioner recall. That does not mean that yours has been updated, and if you don’t know the specific service history of your car you should replace these VW/Audi parts. If you don’t, you are conceding to live with the fact that you have a potential ticking time bomb under your hood.
You can differentiate the older style between the new one by looking for a metal bracket on the part that contacts the chain guide rail.
Many reports claim the updated-style tensioner (which we carry) started going on cars somewhere between 2012 and 2013. One source specifically cites the defective VW 2.0 TSI timing chain tensioner replacement was started in July 2012, but we can’t say for certain. If you have any TSI engine Passat, Jetta, Golf, GTI, Tiguan, CC, A3, or A4 made before the end of 2013, this all applies to you.
If you are going to replace your upper tensioner, we recommend also getting a new lower 2.0t timing chain cover since they are stamped metal and often bend during removal because they are stuck on with sealant. There is no specific gasket for this.
This is a common source for leaks after replacing the tensioner. While they are in there fixing the specific timing chain tensioner recall, many customers also choose to replace other major engine timing parts, such as the chain and timing guides.
Other parts that are really good to replace while replacing the tensioner would be the Cam Bridge Bracket, which fits over the ends of the cam gears, and a timing chain. On the Camshaft Bracket there’s a fine screen that commonly dislodges and gets sucked into the narrow oil passages, effectively becoming everything it is fighting against.
You can also replace the timing chain, although most cases of complete timing chain failure are due to the tensioner failing and causing a ‘chain reaction’, sorry for the pun. If you replace the timing chain you will need to rent a special tool to lock the camshafts, and you might as well replace the brittle plastic guides at the same time. This is of course a big DIY day, versus just fixing the known defective timing chain tensioner recall and going on your way. Be sure to look for cam chain stretch. Up to you.
Whether or not you were included in the VW timing chain lawsuit and settlement, if you own an Audi or VW from the list below (or close even) you’ll want to consider replacing the parts involved in the timing chain tensioner recall. Prevent a catastrophe that would not only leave you stranded but could cost you exponentially more to fix possible engine damage.
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*UPDATE 5/16/18* – The VW timing chain class-action lawsuit mentioned is proceeding through the system and it appears that owners of vehicles that have suffered engine damage (up to and including complete annihilation) may be able to receive some kind of compensation based on the vehicle mileage. I don’t have specifics, but if you are one of those people that have suffered premature engine failure, seek a lawyer working on this VW/Audi timing chain lawsuit, as there are several firms working across the country that will be able to include you in this. Please, however, do not contact us. We can sell you a thousand parts for your VW, but we will not be able to help you with this specific lawsuit. Again, seek a lawyer for more information.
Model/Years of Audi Timing Chain Recall
- 2008–2012 A3
- 2009–2012 A4 Avant
- 2009–2013 A4
- 2010–2013 A5 Cabriolet
- 2010–2013 A5
- 2012 A6
- 2011–2012 Q5
- 2009–2012 TT
- 2009–2012 TT Roadster
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Model/Years of VW Timing Chain Recall
- 2012–2014 Beetle
- 2012–2014 Beetle Convertible
- 2009–2012 CC
- 2009–2012 Eos
- 2008–2012 GTI
- 2008–2010 & 2012–2014 Jetta
- 2009 Jetta SportWagen
- 2008–2010 Passat
- 2008–2010 Passat Wagon
- 2009–2013 Tiguan
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