Audi Timing Chain Repair >> Company of Cars >> Audi Specialists


As an Audi owner or a future Audi owner, you’ve probably already heard some horror stories about the Audi timing chain stretching prematurely and even failing completely. The good news is that you can take steps before a catastrophic failure happens to help ensure the smooth operation of your Audi. A little time and money spent now could save you a painful situation later – let us explain…

The idea of your  Audi experiencing a catastrophic timing chain failure has achieved campfire horror story status among Audi enthusiasts…but don’t worry, we have got you covered!

Older models of  Audi especially experience premature timing chain failure. This problem affects certain 2008 through 2014 model year Audi vehicles with 2.0 TSI engines; Certain 2003 to 2008 year models with 4.2 V8 engines.

You can found out if your vehicle is affected below:

Audi Models
Certain 2008–2012 A3
Certain 2009–2012 A4 Avant
Certain 2009–2013 A4 Sedan
Certain 2010–2013 A5 Cabriolet
Certain 2010–2013 A5 Coupe
Certain 2012 A6
Certain 2011–2012 Q5
Certain 2009–2012 TT Coupe
Certain 2009–2012 TT Roadster
Certain 2003-2008 S4

Listed below are a few of the symptoms of a worn out timing chain. If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s advised for you to contact a local mechanic as soon as possible, so they can diagnose the exact cause and make appropriate repairs as needed.
1.Engine misfires.
2.Metal shavings found in engine oil.
3.Engine rattles while idling or on cold start up.

While all timing chains eventually wear over time and must be replaced, Audi timing chain defects are a known issue in the automotive community. premature timing chain failure is an well documented problem for Audi cars, especially older models. The problem is usually related to a failed chain tensioner. The timing chain tensioner is what keeps the chain tightly wound to the pulleys and gears, and has notoriously failed in many vehicles in Audi’s lineup.

If the timing chain loosens, It can lead to a rattling noise from engine, starting problem, check engine light and even engine failure. As you can see, this issue is a serious one.

If your Audi is in the affected model list above, your vehicle might be exposed to potential timing chain tensioner issue. Our trained mechanics can help to check whether you engine has an old tensioner or newly revised tensioner. We can offer cost effective solutions to avoid the problem and avoid a costly engine failure.

If you notice any of the signs of a faulty timing chain mentioned above, bring your vehicle to Company of Cars. Replacing a timing chain is a sensitive and complex procedure that can cause serious engine damage if not done correctly. You will want to leave it to a professional mechanic.

If the water pump is driven off the timing chain, it’s a good idea to replace the water pump at the same time, as a preventative measure.

In a worst-case scenario where severe damage was done inside your engine, it is still a good idea to have your vehicle assessed. Depending on the age of your vehicle and it’s mileage, options like sourcing a used motor might still be a more cost effective option.


WE can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs over the dealer. While the vehicle is in for service, we will also be able to inspect the engine and the vehicle.  We will do our best to make sure your car is in top condition.

Give our service department a call today and get a free quote to prevent or repair an Audi Timing Chain failure!

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