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    1. 07-18-2020 12:01 AM #1
      I've recently read a couple of posts stating owners of 2014 Jetta's equipped with the 1.8 TSI are experiencing timing chain "stretch". I have also read that the timing chain has had 2 part revisions since the 1.8 TSI was originally put in the Jetta back in 2014.

      Ours is a early build 2014 (manufactured 11/13) so it has the original timing chain (before revisions). We have stayed on top of maintenance, though early in its life it did have 3 manufacturer recommended oil change intervals of 1 year / 10K miles. Since then oil has been changed every 5K miles with Castrol 0w40 (502.0 approved) oil. All oil changes have been performed by the dealer or myself and always with the appropriate oil and OEM filters.

      The car is currently just under 60,000 miles. No engine related issues other than a water pump around 35K miles and once about a year ago the car decided to die when coming to a stop. That has not happened a single time since.

      So, I am wondering how many early build 1.8 TSI's actually experience timing chain "stretch" / failure, or any other timing related issues. Clearly VW thought there was an issue early on since they had 2 part revisions.

      Hoping to hear of some early build 2014 1.8 TSI's with high trouble free miles! Thanks in advance.

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    3. 07-20-2020 11:15 PM #2
      Anyone?

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      07-21-2020 02:46 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by gregk24 View Post
      Anyone?
      If timing chain was not an issue, VW wouldn't update timing components frequently. I'd recommend using 5w-40 oil for higher hydraulic pressure though tensioner has nothing to do with the chain stretch. VW chains stretch (excluding 2.5l CBT/CBU), this is not news anymore, but driving habits and long OCI contributes to the problem.

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    6. 07-21-2020 11:16 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Ronny Bensys View Post
      If timing chain was not an issue, VW wouldn't update timing components frequently. I'd recommend using 5w-40 oil for higher hydraulic pressure though tensioner has nothing to do with the chain stretch. VW chains stretch (excluding 2.5l CBT/CBU), this is not news anymore, but driving habits and long OCI contributes to the problem.
      What driving habits would contribute to stretched chains?

    7. 07-23-2020 07:20 PM #5
      Well, I am not getting many responses. For those of you who do own a 2014 1.8 TSI, what is your mileage and have you had any timing related issues?


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      07-24-2020 02:26 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by gregk24 View Post
      What driving habits would contribute to stretched chains?
      Revving a cold engine perhaps

    9. 07-24-2020 03:27 PM #8
      Timing issues in 2.0t gli here. At 122xxx

    10. 07-26-2020 10:15 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by E.fortney View Post
      Timing issues in 2.0t gli here. At 122xxx
      What year, and what are your issues?

    11. 07-27-2020 10:43 AM #10
      As you note changes in the timing belt components, not sure if my info is useful. My 2014 was manufactured 12/2014 (1.8t EA888), has 123,500 miles (mostly highway), and has not had any issues. I too use 0W40 (Mobile/Castrol) generally ~ 7500 miles, but I did have one oil change interval where I went 11,000 in 2016. Car has been great so far.

    12. 07-28-2020 12:02 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by RWT1 View Post
      As you note changes in the timing belt components, not sure if my info is useful. My 2014 was manufactured 12/2014 (1.8t EA888), has 123,500 miles (mostly highway), and has not had any issues. I too use 0W40 (Mobile/Castrol) generally ~ 7500 miles, but I did have one oil change interval where I went 11,000 in 2016. Car has been great so far.
      I do believe the revised chain started going into cars in July of 2014, so yours should have the updated part. Thank you for the data point though. Still on original water pump and heater core?

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      07-30-2020 11:15 AM #12
      Wife has a 2014 1.8 approaching 115k. Aside from a rear main seal being replaced at dealer 10k service and a failed injector at dealer 20k service, it's been great so far. I do all maintenance at home. About to clean intake valves for the first time and do the second transmission service. As for timing components, I'm planning to check at 150k and replace anything that needs it.

    14. 07-30-2020 09:16 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by gregk24 View Post
      I do believe the revised chain started going into cars in July of 2014, so yours should have the updated part. Thank you for the data point though. Still on original water pump and heater core?
      Yes, aside from wear items, the only "issue" was a crack in the radiator cooling fan, which was causing a vibration/noise. Didn't even replace it as the crack was just on the center hub, so I just glued it. I had planned to replace it (and still may), but it's surprisingly hard to be sure it's the correct one (most don't list 2014, or list the 2.5 and say they are different).

    15. 08-01-2020 11:51 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by RWT1 View Post
      Yes, aside from wear items, the only "issue" was a crack in the radiator cooling fan, which was causing a vibration/noise. Didn't even replace it as the crack was just on the center hub, so I just glued it. I had planned to replace it (and still may), but it's surprisingly hard to be sure it's the correct one (most don't list 2014, or list the 2.5 and say they are different).
      We had the passenger side fan go bad. It was wobbling horribly and hitting something in the engine bay causing a loud racket. It even a pronounced vibration throughout the cabin. I had our VW dealer replace.

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      08-02-2020 12:09 AM #15
      I have a 8/13 built 2014 1.8 Jetta and have made several posts regarding my timing chain issues. At approximately 105000 miles I was greeted by the 016 code indicating timing issues, upon checking I discovered my tensioner was fully extended indicating chain stretch. I called VOA and was told that yes my car had a known issue but I had missed the recall window, thus I’m on my own. The last of my parts actually arrive this morning so this coming Friday I will replace my stretched chain along with guides and tensioner. In my case I bought the car used with approximately 60000 miles so I’m not 100% certain of previous maintenance but based on the overall condition of the car I would think it was taken care of mechanically as well. I had been following the 5000 mile oil change intervals with approved oil since buying the car.

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