A lawsuit filed in New Jersey says Volkswagen’s timing chain tensioner has serious defects and can lead to premature engine failure. According to the plaintiff, in VW’s warranty and maintenance schedules the tensioning system is expected to last 120,000 miles without the need for maintenance.

The VW and Audi A3 vehicles are equipped with EA888 2.0L TSI engines with engine codes CCTA or CBFA. The remaining Audi vehicles are equipped with EA888 2.0L TFSI engines designated with engine codes CAEB, CAEA, or CDNC. The plaintiff says all the engines with these five codes are versions of the EA888 engine and all use the same timing chain tensioning system.

When the tensioning system fails, the results can be catastrophic and lead to out-of-pocket expenses that will make your bank account cry.

This is a big lawsuit, covering many VW and Audi models from the 2008 model year on.

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