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2009 2.0 TFSI timing issues - special tools required for chain?

Danny_ May 25, 2014

  1. Danny_

    Danny_ New Member

    A brief summary of what happened:

    • Days ago I started up my A3 which was taking longer than usual to fire up - EML light up on the dash
    • Through the duration of the afternoon the car was erratically vibrating at idle
    • Upon acceleration I didn't notice anything unusual - just at idle
    • Drove the car to my local garage - diagnostics read P0016
    • I started the car up and it fired up right away - on my journey home from the garage the EML light reappeared (about 20 mins later)
    • Idling was becoming much worse, I had feared it was going to get so bad that the engine would cut out
    • The garage took the car back and looked into the problem and noted that a bolt and washer was missing from the cam, thankfully they found both (nothing disappeared into the engine)
    • They put the pieces back in place but have informed me the timing is off and it needs special tools they do not have

    My problem:
    Is this something that is easy enough to fix? I am assuming only a VW/Audi specialist or Audi themselves can sort this for me (and at an inflated cost)?

    I believe I'm fortunate not to have let the problem go on for longer than an afternoon, as with it gradually getting worse the damage to the engine could have been drastic. I hope its simple to fix as the labour rates will be sky high and I've already used my rainy day fund.
  2. Artimus

    Artimus Shortback

    Find a good Independent garage to have a look, you'll pay a lot less than a main dealer.
  3. Crazyfool

    Crazyfool Lead boot

    The bearings to the flywheel went on mine knocking the timing out. Audi replaced the wheel, chain, bearings and something else for £1,200. That's labour only.

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