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The timing system on Audis, Volkswagens, and Porsches require special tools to work on them. We've assembled a kit with all of the tools you will need, whether you're replacing your timing chain or timing chain tensioner. 



Audi, VW, & Porsche timing chain replacement symptoms

It's extremely common for Volkswagens and Audis to experience timing chain stretch and timing chain tensioner failure. If you ignore the symptoms, it can easily cause your engine to skip timing. If this happens, your pistons will make contact with your valves, which can cause irreparable damage. 

  • Fault Code: P0116 Cam/Crank Correlation
  • Extended Crank
  • Crank but No Start


When should I replace my Audi/VW timing chain and tensioner?

There isn't a specific mileage in which you start to notice symptoms of needing to replace your timing chain. Once you start to experience symptoms, we recommend inspecting and measuring your timing chain for stretch. If you're completing this job yourself, you can expect it to take between 8 and 10 hours. 

How does it cost to replace your Audi/VW timing chain and tensioner?

If you go to a dealer, you can expect the cost to replace your timing chain and tensioner to be between $3300 and $4000. By doing it yourself, you're only paying for the parts, which are a fraction of the overall cost. Another added benefit is that the parts come with our Lifetime Replacement Guarantee. When your tensioner fails, or your timing chain stretches again, you can replace them for free. 


Audi, VW, & Porsche models applicable

This kit fits multiple Audi, Volkswagen, and Porsche models, including:

  • 2006-2015 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 2008-2018 Volkswagen GTI
  • 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
  • 2006-2018 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2007-2014 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2012-2014 Volkswagen Beetle
  • 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2009-2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
  • 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
  • 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2017-2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
  • 2010-2017 Audi A5 Quattro
  • 2010-2014 Audi A5
  • 2008-2016 Audi A3
  • 2009-2016 Audi A4
  • 2009-2016 Audi A4 Quattro
  • 2012-2015 Audi A6
  • 2013 Audi A6 Quattro
  • 2009 Audi TT
  • 2009-2018 Audi TT Quattro
  • 2009-2018 Audi A3 Quattro
  • 2015-2018 Audi S3
  • 2011-2017 Audi Q5
  • 2015-2018 Audi Q3
  • 2014-2016 Audi Allroad
  • 2017-2018 Porsche Macan


Tools included with Audi, VW, & Porsche timing tool kit


Additional tools recommended with Audi, VW, & Porsche timing tool kit

If you suspect that it's time to replace your timing chain, we recommend performing a compression and leak down test. There's a chance that if you had a failure, your valves could have made contact with your pistons. 


In the video below, Aaron Davis, our Audi Catalog Manager, gets up close with this timing tool kit. If you're unsure if this kit will work on 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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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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