Settlement Offer for Defective Timing Chains and Tensioners

Timing chains should last at least 120,000 miles, but the ones in Audi 2-liter TSI or 2-liter TFSI EA888 engines break a lot sooner. A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf on owners of 2006-2016 Audis with 2.0L gas engines.

A timing chain links the crankshaft to the camshaft and – when it’s properly tensioned – makes sure the valves and pistons operate in sync rather than butting up together like some terrible mosh-pit. Like all things in an engine it will eventually require some maintenance but you should have at least 120,000 miles before you really have to worry about it.

That is, unless you drive a 2006-2016 Audi (or Volkswagen) with a 2.0L gas engine.

Update: There may be a settlement on the way for owners of 2008-2014 Audi vehicles. Read on for more details.

Class-Action Lawsuits Combined

Volkswagen / Audi have been hit with multiple lawsuits from frustrated owners who say their timing chains are causing engine failure well before 120,000 miles. The automaker has taken to blaming consumers for the issue on the grounds of poor maintenance.

It has been alleged that in late 2012, a production change was implemented to remedy the defect but Volkswagen and Audi failed to inform consumers of the production change.

McCuneWright, LLP filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of consumers who who 2006-2016 VWs and Audis with 2.0L gas engines. The lawsuit alleges what you might expect – that the timing chain tensioner is defective and eventually fails. Once that happens the engine is toast, and it’s not the consumer’s fault.

Settlements on the Way (Pending Approval)

In May of 2018, Volkswagen agreed to settle 7 class action lawsuits in one combined action.

There are multiple levels of reimbursement, based on the age of the vehicle, how many miles it has, what (if anything) has been replaced, and where the work was done. has more details including how much owners can expect in reimbursement.

The settlement must be finalized by a judge. The proposal includes all owners or lessees of the 2008-2014 Audi and VW vehicles, to be verified by the vehicle’s VIN.

Note: You can find out which VW vehicles are involved in the settlement over at

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What Owners Are Saying

“Since the moment I purchased this vehicle in 2012, I've had nothing but constant issues. This vehicle has stopped in the middle of the street on the freeway (surprised I was not hurt because of this). I've had engine lights on, check oil level lights on, alternator going bad, esp lights on, bearings replacement. You name it, its happened.”

2009 A4 owner in Las Vegas, NV

“Our Audi A4 left us stranded 120 miles from home this past weekend. It ran fine all morning. We stopped, and when I tried to restart, it ran rough but evened out. The next time I started it, the engine continued to run rough, shuddered and stopped. It would not restart so I had it towed to the repair shop. The repairman told us the Tensioner had failed and the timing chain had jumped some teeth which had caused serious (as in you need a new engine) damage.”

2009 A4 owner in Moncure, NC

“At 85000 miles I had to replace my timing chains. After many weeks of complaining I got Audi to cover half the price of parts. This was manufacturer defect you would think they should have covered all the costs. I changed the oil religiously.”

2006 A4 owner in Ellicott City, MD

OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, you can help make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases.

    Add a Complaint

  2. Notify CAS

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits.

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  3. Report a Safety Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues.

    Report to NHTSA

  4. Contact Audi

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