Author Topic: Timing Chain tensioner Failure List (timing issue)- Please Update with Your Info  (Read 211404 times)

Offline mrjp

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If the tensioner fails and the chain jumps would it still be under tension? Or once the tensioner fails would it stay slack?

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If the tensioner fails and the chain jumps would it still be under tension? Or once the tensioner fails would it stay slack?
I explained what happens on page 1  :wink:
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If the tensioner fails and the chain jumps would it still be under tension? Or once the tensioner fails would it stay slack?
I explained what happens on page 1  :wink:

No what I mean is once the ratchet fails is that it broke or can it just fail to ratchet as a one off then go back to working again?

As VW said my chain was tight and the tensioner appeared to be working when they checked.

Unfortunately it’s still unexplained why I have value damage in one cylinder.

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If you look at the photos i posted on the first page you will see how the pin and teeth on the ratchet of the original ratchet design. Remember that everytime you turn the car off it falls back on the ratchet when oil pressure drops. It may simply be falling back on a tooth before or after the one it slipped on originally.
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If you look at the photos i posted on the first page you will see how the pin and teeth on the ratchet of the original ratchet design. Remember that everytime you turn the car off it falls back on the ratchet when oil pressure drops. It may simply be falling back on a tooth before or after the one it slipped on originally.

That's true. I think VW were just quick to try and get rid. They said the chain and tensioner were fine and if it was timing you would have damage in Cylinder 1 & 4 not just 1 Valve in Cylinder 1.

Part of me does not believe them but on the other hand it's probably a wasted argument with them. 77k 2009 car with part VW history does not give me much hope of any good will payment even if it was a tensioner.

Thanks for your help/quick replies btw  :smiley:

Offline martin vr6

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My 2011 car is going in on Thursday to have the chains checked. They appear to be noisier than
I would expect

I’m not looking forward to the outcome if I’m honest

Offline david25

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Whats the mileage please?
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Offline martin vr6

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Got the news today, my chains have stretched and thus require replacement. Car is on 79k

I’m having everything done, all three chains, guides tensioner everything. No change out of £1100


Offline joe6

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Got the news today, my chains have stretched and thus require replacement. Car is on 79k

I’m having everything done, all three chains, guides tensioner everything. No change out of £1100

Wise move. Peace of mind is important. Is that dealer price or indie?
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