Even though one of the most essential parts of any vehicle is the timing chain, Audi has a history of early timing chain failure in their models. In 2018, as a member of Volkswagen Groups, Audi recalled thousands of their vehicles due to timing chain failure, and a lawsuit was filed against VW and Audi. As an Audi owner, you expect your car to deliver on its promise of sleek design, comfort, and high performance so an issue with the timing chain can ruin your driving experience. In this article, we will discuss the purpose of the timing chain, the signs that it’s failing, and how to fix it.
As a vital piece of your Audi’s engine, the timing chain is responsible for connecting the crankshaft to the camshaft. When the timing chain is functioning correctly, your car’s intake and exhaust valves are opened and closed at the necessary times in order to ensure that your engine runs smoothly. If the timing chain fails, your Audi will experience issues with ignition and, if left unfixed, irreparable damage to your engine.
While timing belts are more common than timing chains, the latter are beginning to make a reappearance due to their durability, and Audi has recently reintroduced timing chain systems to their models. The general rule of thumb is that a timing chain should last anywhere between 50,000 to 100,000 miles.
Since the timing chain is so important to the functionality and performance of your Audi, paying careful attention to any of these signs of a failing timing chain can help to prevent further damage to your vehicle.
Normally, the first sign that something is wrong with your engine is that the check engine light comes on. Though this may be indicative of several different problems, timing chain failure is a possible diagnosis.
When our car begins to make strange noises, we should be on high alert for what those noises sound like and where they are coming from. While driving, if you hear a rattling noise coming from underneath the hood of your Audi, your timing chain has most likely stretched and become loose.
Because the timing chain is closely related to the performance of your engine, one of the symptoms of a failing timing chain is that the engine starts to either stall, misfire, or fail completely.
As your Audi’s timing chain wears out over time, metal shavings begin to break off and fall into your car’s engine oil. Although this is only a sign that you will notice whenever you change your Audi’s oil, it is a very obvious sign that your timing chain is wearing out and will need to be replaced soon.
As with all vehicles, proper care and maintenance of your Audi will help to prevent premature wear or stretching of the timing chain. For instance, changing your oil more routinely will help to preserve the timing chain. In addition, inspecting your vehicle’s engine and timing chain on a regular basis will alert you to any issues before there is any catastrophic damage done to your Audi.
If you notice any of the above-mentioned signs of timing chain failure or you personally observe that the timing chain has begun to stretch or wear, it is imperative to have the issue properly diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible. This will not only help prevent irreparable harm to your car’s engine, but it will also help to ensure the safety of both you and your passengers.
At Rowlett Motorwerks, we are dedicated to providing the best service at the best prices. Our mechanics are highly-trained and have years of experience inspecting, maintaining, and repairing European vehicles. We recognize that whether you drive an Audi, a Jaguar, or a Mercedes, your car requires specific treatment. If you’re experiencing timing chain issues, come visit Rowlett Motorwerks, and we’ll give you the peace of mind you deserve.