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Do VAG TSI engines have timing chain probs?

Hi,

Looking at a 2013 Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S tronic. Am I right in saying these engines are susceptible to the timing chain stretching and a hefty repair bill if it does? Would you steer clear of this engine or, generally, any of VAG TSI/TFSI engines pre-2015?

Thanks

Filed under fault - Asked by Colin McGowan (Dublin) - Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:19


Shane O' Donoghue Answered by: Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Advisor - @Shane_O_D

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Hi Colin,

There are well-documented issues with stretching VAG timing chains, unfortunately, and yes, it's very expensive to replace a chain. The problem is usually identified by a distinctive rattling on cold start-up before it manifests itself in engine running issues and there are also chain inspection ports on these engines so, if a car you're looking at has had proper maintenance, you can have the chain inspected.

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