Author Topic: Timing Chain tensioner Failure List (timing issue)- Please Update with Your Info  (Read 277838 times)

Offline Snoopy

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After a bit of thought and research (http://www.golfmk6.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55992) I decided to swap the tensioner on my 09 GTi myself. After all, what could possibly go wrong.

I'm lucky in that I have quite a good selection of toolsand a large trolley jack, but additionally I bought a genuine VW crank pulley holding tool at £32 and a 12mm spline tool, which is different to a Torx.

Pretty straightforward to carry out as long as you  take your time. I have some pix if anyones interested. It took me about 4 hours to do, but having done it once, next time would be 3 I reckon. I was going to do the chain as well, but they are on back order for 2 weeks, so I didn't bother.

The result? With bated breath I turned the key. Engine was perfect, no rattles and even on subsequent hot starts is a lot quieter. Cost of parts was £120 from TPS. Bit of mider, but I saved myself £100's.

Very happy with myself!  :)
inplan to do mine over the winter so nice to know.
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Offline andygo

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I'll do a walkthrough on here when I have a mo with the pix. Used in conjunction with other stuff on the net, its not THAT daunting.

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If you want to do a new how too thread i will make that  a stocky too so it does not get lost in this thread
Current VWs = Mk6 GTI,  Mk1 GTI,  Mk1 Leon.
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Offline andygo

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I'll try and put something together then, but give me a couple of days!

Offline Jags 84

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Hi guys I had no luck with the warranty company as they said it was due to wear and tear so could not pay out for it. So I dropped the car to west London VW yesterday for a diagnostic on the timing chain noise and had a call back from them today to say they can hear a noise but nothing is coming up on there diagnostic machine therefore they need another 4 hours @ £125 to investigate. Also no goodwill was offered. So I paid £144 for the investigation & gave them a piece of my mind! There is a reason they are called stealers!

Does anyone know any good independent vw specialists in west London that could do this job for me?

Thanks

Offline Pld118

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@Jags 84,

On the basis that you've no warranty and bought privately and assuming that your car still actually works, albeit 'rattling':

If your car is showing symptoms of this... then instead of wasting your time and money having a garage investigate... your money might be better spent cutting to the chase and simply commissioning competent mechanics who have done the job before to simply replace the timing chain tensioner and associated parts, which takes in the region of 3 to 4 hours and can be done... for approx £350..."
The list of parts and VW parts is on this thread I think.

Sorry to hear of your experience Jags although as mentioned previously, cutting to the chase would have been a more cost effective use of your money, your £144 for telling you what you already knew, touching the half way mark towards replacement tensioner and component parts.

It's also less common for plug in diagnostics to detect this fault, as covered earlier in this thread too.

Doubtless someone will be along to recc you a local reputable Indie Specialist.



Offline GupSidhu

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Hi

If anyone could recommend a decent indie specialist in Derby/Nottingham that can do the replacement that'd be a great help.

In addition, is it best to source the parts myself or have the indie specialist do it? If myself - Can someone provide the latest revision numbers and the link for where to get the parts.

Thanks
Sid

Offline joe6

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Hi Sid

If you find one let me know as I am interested in getting the tensioner and chain updated on my wife's 2010 GTI.
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Sid,

If you trust your nominated Indie then fine, give them the list of parts as outlined on this thread and tell them you want genuine VW/ the most up to date variants of these parts and they should be able to get them for you with ease.

If you want to get the parts and give them to your nominated Indie, then all you need to do is supply the list of parts to a VW parts dept and just ask if there have, since those part numbers were created, been any more recent updates to those parts.

For example, when I got the list of parts from this thread, I telephone the VW parts dept, spoke nicely to the chap working there, explaining the situation and he gave me his email address, I emailed him the list and he checked the VW parts computer to ensure they were all correct and up to date current, before emailing me back a diagram of the parts and part numbers along with prices.

it should be very straightforward.

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Thanks Pld118 - I've just had a call back from Sunset VW who are a indie specialist in Derby and they've said that they wouldn't be able to do it and only the stealers can do it. One thinks not.

So if anyone can recommend one in the East Midlands (watch this space Joe6) that'd be a great help.

I've got the list of parts soI'll give VW a call and make sure their the most up-to-date.

Did you get your parts from VW or TPS? Think I'll get the chain and tensioner done at the same time..