Overview:

No matter if you drive a VW, Audi, Chevy, or Ford one thing is the same – they all have a timing chain or timing belt. Most higher-displacement engines have a timing chain as opposed to a timing belt.

The chain is attached to a set of gears and pulleys that power multiple mechanical components, including the crankshaft and camshaft. In order for your engine to fire, the timing chain must smoothly rotate around the gears without hesitation.

The chain runs through tensioners that are supposed to keep a tight, consistent pressure on the chain. When everything is going smoothly, the chain matches the timing between the pistons and valves so they operate in harmony.

But when that chain fails or the tensioner stops doing its job, the pistons and valves will butt up against one another. Although the timing chain is made out of metal, it is subject to wear and tear and will eventually require some maintenance or it may need to be replaced.

According to Volkswagen’s own warranty and maintenance schedules you shouldn’t have to worry about this maintenance for 120,000 miles. While that’s a good rule of thumb, it’s not always the case – especially in 2008 and later cars with the EA888 2.0L engine. Those engines have multiple reports of premature timing chain tensioner failure.

 

Symptoms Of Timing Chain Wear or Damage

It is time to schedule an appointment with Dino if you are experiencing any of the signs listed below:

Engine Misfires –  Over a period of time, the timing chain can stretch, which can cause the chain to skip a gear on the cam or crank shaft. This results in the engine’s timing to fall out of calibration and often results in a misfire. If this situation occurs, it’s likely that the timing chain is damaged and needs to be replaced as soon as possible. If the timing chain breaks, the loose metal rolling around inside the motor can lead to serious engine damage.

Metal Shavings Found in Oil – Part of the routine maintenance performed at Dinomotive during the oil change is a check for small pieces of metal inside the drained oil or in the filter. It’s a good indication that your timing chain is beginning to fail. Metal shavings are also common with extensive wear with cylinder head valves, keepers, retainers and other cylinder head hardware. It’s critical that if Dino finds metal shavings in the oil that you make appropriate repairs as soon as possible.

Engine Rattles While Idling – Unusual sounds are also a common warning sign that a problem exists inside your motor. Under normal conditions, the engine should have a consistent, smooth sound that indicates everything is running as it should. However, when the timing chain is loose, it may cause a vibration inside the motor and will be indicated by a rattling noise as the engine idles. Anytime you hear a rattle it means that something is loose and needs to be fixed before it breaks.

The timing chain is an integral part of any engine, and without it, your vehicle is rendered useless. If the timing chain breaks while you are driving, serious damage to your vehicle’s engine is probable. The best way to reduce the potential of serious engine damage is to have a professional mechanic replace your timing chain if you notice any of these warning signs listed above. By being proactive and alert, you can save thousands of dollars and extend the life of your engine significantly.

In Need of Timing Chain Repair?

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above or if you have a reason to believe that your timing belt is damaged, schedule a service appointment as soon as possible to avoid an unexpected break down. Drivers in the Wausau, Weston, Rothschild Schofield, Mosinee, Merrill, and Rib Mountain area can schedule a service appointment at Dinomotive Service & Sales in Weston, Wisconsin. Dinomotive specializes in Volkswagen and Audi repair and regular maintenance. Call 715-355-4200 today.

 

 

Timing Belt Replacement

Overview:

The timing belt plays the same vital role in the performance of your engine as a timing chain. One of the main differences is a timing belt is a piece of extremely durable rubber opposed to the metal of the timing chain.

Most timing belts tend to wear down somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. You can check your owner’s manual or Volkswagen maintenance schedule for more specific replacement intervals. Keep in mind that without a functioning timing belt, the engine can’t run, so make sure that you stay on top of when to replace your engine’s belt.

Symptoms Of Timing BELT Wear or Damage

It is time to schedule an appointment with Dino if you are experiencing any of the signs listed below:

Loss of Material –  Over a period of time, the timing belt can stretch, which can cause the belt to skip a gear on the cam or crank shaft. This results in the engine’s timing to fall out of calibration and often results in a misfire. If this situation occurs, it’s likely that the timing belt is damaged and needs to be replaced as soon as possible. If the timing belt breaks you won’t be able to drive the car.

Worn Edges – Part of the routine maintenance performed at Dinomotive during the oil change is a check for small pieces of metal inside the drained oil or in the filter. It’s a good indication that your timing chain is beginning to fail. Metal shavings are also common with extensive wear with cylinder head valves, keepers, retainers and other cylinder head hardware. It’s critical that if Dino finds metal shavings in the oil that you make appropriate repairs as soon as possible.

Cracks – Unusual sounds are also a common warning sign that a problem exists inside your motor. Under normal conditions, the engine should have a consistent, smooth sound that indicates everything is running as it should. However,

Loss of Power – Unusual sounds are also a common warning sign that a problem exists inside your motor. Under normal conditions, the engine should have a consistent, smooth sound that indicates everything is running as it should. However

 

In Need of Timing Belt Repair?

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above or if you have a reason to believe that your timing belt is damaged, schedule a service appointment as soon as possible to avoid an unexpected break down. Drivers in the Wausau, Rothschild Schofield, Mosinee, Merrill, and Rib Mountain area can schedule a service appointment at Dinomotive Service & Sales in Weston, Wisconsin. Dinomotive specializes in Volkswagen and Audi repair and regular maintenance. Call 715-355-4200 today.

VW models with Timing Chain:

  1. Jetta
  2. Passat
  3. Tiguan
  4. CC
  5. TDI

VW models with Timing Belt:

  1. Golf
  2. Jetta
  3. Passat