Timing Chain Tensioner and Chain Issues for 2.0t TSI VW and Audi Models

Timing Chain Tensioner and Chain Issues for 2.0t TSI VW and Audi Models

TSI Chain Tensioner Summary

We have extensively covered the issue around timing chain tensioner failure, but if you are not familiar here is a brief summary.  TSI engines had an early revision timing chain tensioner that was updated.  The early revisions were failure prone, and when failing the would allow the timing chain to loosen.  This would alow the timing chain to jump, which causes the piston to contact the valves in turn bending them.  This failure will require (at minimum) replacement of valve and or the cylinder head, which is a very large and expensive job.  

Replacing your timing chain tensioner with an updated one will prevent the issue with the tensioner failing, which is why we put together the kits linked below.  We have a video below that shows you how to check your vehicle.  

TSI Chain Stretch

As the TSI engines get more age on them its become more clear that the chains on the engine may stretch over time.  While we are aware of this issue its unclear how prevalent this is.  There is an updated part number for the timing chains, which is likely due to the stretch issue.  The great news is, its pretty easy to check if your timing chain is approaching or is already stretched too far.  In the video linked below you can see these details on how to perform this check.  Much like a bad tensioner if your chain stretches too far it will cause catastrophic failure leading to an expensive repair. 

Timing Chain Tensioner

  • Issue - Early Revisions of timing chain tensioners fail allowing the engine to jump timing
  • Models Affected - All 2.0t TSI engines 2008-2012 (we advise checking all models near this year)
  • The Fix - Update your 2.0t TSI Timing Chain Tensioner

Parts for the Fix

Affected Models

Audi Audi A3 8P 2006-2008 2.0 Turbo TSI
Audi Audi A3 8P 2009-2013 2.0 Turbo TSI
Audi Audi B8 A4 2009-2012 2.0 TFSI
Audi Audi B8 A5 2008-2012 2.0 TFSI
Volkswagen 2012-2017 Beetle 2.0 Turbo TSI
Volkswagen 2009-2012 CC 2.0 Turbo TSI
Volkswagen 2013-2017 CC 2.0 Turbo TSI
Volkswagen 2009 Sportwagen 2.0 Turbo TSI
Volkswagen VW Eos ALL 2.0 Turbo TSI
Volkswagen MK5 GTI 2006-2009 2.0 Turbo TSI
Volkswagen MK6 GTI 2010-2014 2.0 Turbo TSI
Volkswagen MK5 Jetta 2005.5-2010 2.0 Turbo TSI
Volkswagen MK6 Jetta 2011-2014 2.0 Turbo TSI
Volkswagen B6 Passat 2006-2010 2.0T TSI
Volkswagen 2009-2011 Tiguan 1 2.0 Turbo TSI
Volkswagen 2012-2018 Tiguan 2 2.0 Turbo TSI

Werkzeug Special Tools for 2.0t TSI

How to Check your 2.0t TSI Chain Tensioner

How to Replace your 2.0t TSI Chain Tensioners

Timing Chain Stretch Issues

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