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


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

Volkswagen timing chain defects are a known issue in the automotive community. Older models of VWs especially experience premature timing chain failure. This problem affect certain 2008 through 2014 model year VW vehicles with 2.0 TSI engines; certain older Volkswagen models with VR6 engines.

List of affected Volkswagens with 2.0 TSI engines:

Volkswagen Models
Certain 2012–2014 Beetle
Certain 2012–2014 Beetle Convertible
Certain 2009–2012 CC
Certain 2009–2012 Eos
Certain 2008–2012 GTI
Certain 2008–2010 & 2012–2014 Jetta Sedan
Certain 2009 Jetta SportWagen
Certain 2008–2010 Passat Sedan
Certain 2008–2010 Passat Wagon
Certain 2009–2013 Tiguan


As for VR6 engines, Volkswagen has developed several generations of the engine with different designs and sizes since 1991. Older 2.8 liter, 2.9 liter and 3.2 liter are more vulnerable to the problem than 3.6 liter. However it is always a good idea to have your timing chain checked as a preventive measure.

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.

While all timing chains eventually wear over time and must be replaced, Volkswagen timing chain defects are a known issue in the automotive community. premature timing chain failure is an well documented problem for Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen cars.

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

If your Volkswagen 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.

If you notice any signs of faulty timing chain we talked about above, bring the vehicle to Company of Cars. Replacing timing chain is a sensitive and complex procedure that can cause serious engine damage if not done correctly, so 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 pump at the same time, as a preventative measure.

In a worst-case scenario which severely damage was done inside your engine, it is still worthy to come see us and get an estimate. Depending on the age of your car and the amount of miles on it, options like sourcing a used motor might still be a efficient option. Then you can do the math and exam all your available options!


With this issue, as such,  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 fix Volkswagen Timing Chain failure!

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