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How to Deal With a Defective Timing Chain in a Volkswagen

Posted on June 29, 2021 by Keith Cox
Volkswagen Timing Chain

Volkswagen is recognized for its reliability and reputation for ownership longevity. Their vehicles are comfortable and distinguishable, but the brand has been notorious for having timing chain issues. If you believe your Volkswagen has a defective timing chain, call Keith Cox Autobahn to have the problem inspected and fixed right away.

Volkswagens are Susceptible to Timing Chain Issues

The Volkswagen timing chain failure has been well documented, and there was even a class-action lawsuit filed. The timing chain in your Volkswagen should last at least 120,000 miles. Unfortunately, many Volkswagen vehicles made between 2008 and 2014 experience premature timing chain failure.

Below are the models that were included in the timing chain settlement. The date to file for reimbursement has already passed. All claims had to be filed before January 25, 2019.

  • Certain 2012–2014 Beetles
  • Certain 2012–2014 Beetle Convertibles
  • Certain 2009–2012 CC’s
  • Certain 2009–2012 Eos’s
  • Certain 2008–2012 GTI’s
  • Certain 2008–2010 & 2012–2014 Jetta Sedans
  • Certain 2009 Jetta SportWagens
  • Certain 2008–2010 Passat Sedans
  • Certain 2008–2010 Passat Wagons
  • Certain 2009–2013 Tiguan’s

Additional Reasons for Timing Chain Failure in Volkswagen

Timing chains are just like any other component in your car. Over time, they can fail due to natural wear and tear. Some other common reasons for timing chain failure include:

  • environmental conditions
  • age of the vehicle
  • vehicle mileage
  • driving in stop and go traffic
  • your driving habits
  • skipping preventative maintenance

Issues That Can be Caused by a Defective Timing Chain

A timing chain will often become loose before it completely fails. Below are some symptoms you may experience with a faulty timing chain. Do not disregard any of these symptoms if you notice them but instead, have it inspected by a professional mechanic.

  • Engine Misfires: When the timing chain is loose, it can skip a gear. This can lead to misfiring. Your Volkswagen may also be slow to accelerate.
  • Volkswagen Stalls or Will Not Start: A failed timing chain will cause your car not to start. If the failure occurs while the car is running, it will die. It can also cause a large amount of damage.
  • Loud Rattling Noise: If the timing chain is loose, you may hear a rattling noise. This noise is often referred to as the “death rattle.” The noise is often noticeable when idling.

If you hear this noise, call us to schedule an appointment. A rattling noise is never a good sign. If there is a rattling noise, something is loose and needs to be repaired before it breaks.

  • Metal Shavings in the Oil: During your regular oil change, your technician may find metal shavings. These shavings could be due to a defective timing chain. The shavings can be circulated through the engine leading to additional damage.
  • Illuminated Check Engine Light: There are many different reasons why your check engine is illuminated. If your light is on, have a diagnostic scan performed right away. The scan will generate a trouble code letting us know what the problem is.

How to Prevent Timing Chain Failure in Volkswagen

You can help to prevent timing chain failure in your Volkswagen. Stay current on your maintenance schedule and make sure the chain is properly lubricated.

It is important that you have regular oil changes. Changing the oil will help prevent oil contamination and premature timing chain wear.

Since Volkswagens are infamous for timing chain failure, have the chain and tensioner inspected regularly. Have your mechanic inspect these items during regular services.

Even if you do everything right, your Volkswagen may still have a defective timing chain. If you experience any of the above symptoms, give us a call right away. You do not want to have the timing chain break while you are driving, as this could be catastrophic for your engine and the entire engine bay.

We Are Your Trusted Volkswagen Service Center

Do not ignore the symptoms of a defective Volkswagen Timing Chain Check timing chain in your Volkswagen. A failed chain can cause devastating engine damage to all the components under the hood. This will result in expensive repair bills, which could be prevented with proper maintenance.

At Keith Cox Autobahn, we can take care of all your Volkswagen service needs. Our service center is conveniently located in Bellingham, WA. You can reach us on (360)-733-2721 or come see us at 1814 Ellis Street. Call us today to book your appointment.

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