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The 2nd and 3rd generation turbocharged two-liter Audi and Volkswagen engines have timing chain tensioners that need regular replacement. Volkswagen now offers an updated design that extends the service interval.

A properly functioning timing system in your MK6 Audi or Volkswagen is vital to the life of your engine. If one component fails, it will take other parts with it, or even worse, your entire engine. We recommend not ignoring the warning signs and replacing your timing chain tensioner (and other worn timing system components) before you notice the signs of failure.

Audi VW MK6 Timing Chain Tensioner Mike R


Audi & Volkswagen MK6 Timing Chain Tensioner Failure Symptoms

As mentioned above, your timing chain tensioner is a vital part of your timing system. There are a few symptoms that are easy to spot, and they are:

  • Chain chatter at idle or startup
  • A clacking or rattle inside the timing cover from a loose timing chain

Typically, you will start to notice the symptoms of a failing timing chain tensioner at around 60,000-80,000 miles⁠. Once you start noticing these symptoms, you shouldn't wait to replace it as a failure can result in an engine rebuild. 


Audi & Volkswagen MK6 Models Applicable

This genuine timing chain tensioner fits a wide range of Audi and Volkswagen models with the gen-2 turbocharged two-liter engine, including:

  • 2008-2013 Audi A3
  • 2008-2012 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 2008-2010 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2011-2015 Audi TT Quattro
  • 2009-2016 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2009-2016 Volkswagen Tiguan
  • 2008-2014 Volkswagen GTI
  • 2009-2016 Volkswagen CC
  • 2012-2013 Volkswagen Beetle
  • 2009-2013 Audi A3 Quattro
  • 2009-2018 Audi A4
  • 2009-2016 Audi A4 Quattro
  • 2010-2017 Audi A5 Quattro
  • 2010-2014 Audi A5
  • 2011-2017 Audi Q5
  • 2012-2015 Audi A6
  • 2013-2015 Audi A6 Quattro
  • 2013-2016 Audi Allroad
  • 2015-2018 Audi Q3
  • 2015-2018 Audi Q3 Quattro



Audi & Volkswagen MK6 Timing Chain Tensioner Interactive 3D Parts Diagram


Additional Parts Included with Audi & Volkswagen MK6 Timing Chain Tensioner

  • None


Additional Parts Required with Audi & Volkswagen MK6 Timing Chain Tensioner

  • None


Additional Parts Recommended with Audi & Volkswagen MK6 Timing Chain Tensioner

While no additional parts are required to replace your timing chain tensioner, you should inspect the following and replace if necessary:

If you want to completely overhaul your timing system, we sell a kit with everything you need.

Audi VW MK6 Timing Chain Tensioner


Since your timing chain tensioner is a regular replacement item, it's a good thing that it comes with our Lifetime Replacement Guarantee like everything else we sell. You can drive your car for another 60,000-80,000 miles and when it needs to be replaced again, just follow our return procedure. 

In the video below, Mike R, our Catalog Director, gets up close with this Audi/VW MK6 Timing Chain Tensioner. If you're unsure if this water pump fits your car, you can verify the fitment by going to our homepage and use the vehicle selection tool in the upper left corner. As usual, if you like this Really Quick Product Review, subscribe and check back here for regular releases in the future.  

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Written by :
Evan Madore

Writer/Editor at FCP Euro and owner of a daily R53 MINI Cooper, a track-built R53 MINI, and a 1997 Dakar Yellow E36 M3 Sedan. ••• Instagram: @evan.madore

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