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Lawsuit Says Engines Fail After the Timing Chains 'Jump a Tooth' in the Camshaft

Owners of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles have [filed a lawsuit][1] claiming there’s a defect in the timing chain tensioner system that allows the chain to “jump a tooth” in the camshaft. Once that happens, the engine could be destroyed. Want to repair it? You’ll destroy your bank account too.

The lawsuit focuses on 2008-2013 Audi and VW models equipped with 2-liter TSI or 2-liter TFSI EA888 engines. The plaintiffs say the problems happen well before 120,000 miles (the recommended time to repair them) and can cost upwards of $11,000 to fix.

VW owners looking at timing chain repair bills

The plaintiffs claim Audi and VW not only refused to acknowledge the alleged timing chain problems, but also refused to compensate certain owners for engine repairs. The lawsuit also alleges Audi and Volkswagen didn’t offer loaner or replacement vehicles even though the vehicles were useless to owners.

This isn’t the first lawsuit to accuse VW of concealing timing chain defects.

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