Volkswagen Timing … a Chain of Fools ?

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It’s recently come to our attention that certain vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen have exhibited problematic timing chain / engine issues. We’d like to take moment and explore this problem in further detail, and suggest ways in which you might seek relief if you have, or currently are, experiencing this issue.

The problem engine at hand is known as the EA888, a family of three and four cylinder engines that are currently in use across many models of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles. The EA888 family is an Audi-designed unit, and it’s a four cylinder engine available in 1.8 and 2.0 liter sizes. Unfortunately for owners of certain vehicle models (see below), there are many problems associated with these engines. These problems include excessive engine oil consumption, timing chain tensioner failure, and leaking coolant systems. Our focus in this blog is the timing chain issue.

The timing chain is responsible for keeping valves, pistons and the crankshaft in tune with one another – such that power is delivered to the system and the engine’s pistons and valves synchronize during operation. Once the timing chain becomes loose, skips, or is otherwise out of spec, major problems can be expected – and some can lead to catastrophic engine failure. These symptoms include engine rattles, trouble starting, metal shavings inside the oil reservoir, oil leaks, misfire / loss of power while driving, and illuminated ‘check engine’ lights.  Oh, what fun !

Volkswagen models that may be affected include Beetle, CC, GTI, Jetta / Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Rabbit, Routan, Tiguan, and Touareg.  Of these, Jetta and Passat have the highest probability / record for problems.  Certain Audi models may also be affected, including A3, A4 Avant, A4 Sedan, A5 Cabriolet, A5 Coupe, A6, Q5, and TT.  Many lawsuits were filed – starting in 2016 –  and culminated in a combined class-action lawsuit.  The action resulted in a settlement by Volkswagen, despite their best-efforts to have the action dismissed.

If you think you may be experiencing these types of isues, you have options – click here to check your VIN, to determine whether your vehicle may qualify for reimbursement or other damages.  Or call us 916-672-8443 for a free phone consultation.   You will speak directly with the attorney, and we will answer your questions regarding your eligibility, and your rights under the California Lemon Law.  We will quickly help you determine your status in this action, and what to do next.

Please remember: if you have a vehicle which is under the manufacturer’s warranty, you are entitled to fair treatment and getting your problem fixed in a timely manner. If not, you might qualify for a repurchase or refund on your vehicle. It helps to understand your rights as a consumer, and the California Lemon Law expert is here to help you or someone you may know who is in this situation. If your vehicle is not functioning properly and is under warranty, you have rights under the law that you need to thoroughly understand. Call us today for a free, no charge consultation at 916-672-8443.

2015 Ford Mustang Lemon Law Settlement

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This 2015 Ford Mustang  incurred complaints about the following:  Squeaking noises from the left front at low speeds while turning, braking and accelerating.  Knocking noise from the rear when braking or accelerating. 

Parts that required diagnosis, adjustment, repair or replacement are:  Frame rail.

In a statutory repurchase of a lemon vehicle you can get back your down-payment, all your payments, towing charges, rental vehicle charges as well as have all your attorney’s fees and costs paid.  Representing yourself against the big manufacturers puts you at a disadvantage. 

Get help! It’s Free.

2017 Volkswagen GTI Lemon Law Settlement Placer County

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This 2017 Volkswagen GTI incurred complaints about the following:  Coolant leaks and thermostat issues.

 Parts that required diagnosis, adjustment, repair or replacement are:  Thermostat, thermostat housing, gaskets, temperature actuator and o-ring.

In a statutory repurchase of a lemon vehicle you can get back your down-payment, all your payments, towing charges, rental vehicle charges as well as have all your attorney’s fees and costs paid.  Representing yourself against the big manufacturers puts you at a disadvantage. 

Get help! It’s Free.

2017 Nissan Titan Lemon Law Settlement-San Mateo County

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This 2017 Nissan Titan incurred complaints about the following:  Transmission banging into gear, loss of power in 4WD, ABS light and slip light on, wire harness connector torn.

 Parts that required diagnosis, adjustment, repair or replacement are:  Transmission and wiring harness.

In a statutory repurchase of a lemon vehicle you can get back your down-payment, all your payments, towing charges, rental vehicle charges as well as have all your attorney’s fees and costs paid.  Representing yourself against the big manufacturers puts you at a disadvantage. 

Get help! It’s Free.

2015 Honda Accord Lemon Law Settlement Placer County

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This 2015 Honda Accord incurred complaints about the following:  Body noise, suspension, struts, knocking and/or clunking noises.

 Parts that required diagnosis, adjustment, repair or replacement are:  Struts and bearings.

In a statutory repurchase of a lemon vehicle you can get back your down-payment, all your payments, towing charges, rental vehicle charges as well as have all your attorney’s fees and costs paid.  Representing yourself against the big manufacturers puts you at a disadvantage. 

Get help! It’s Free.

2017 Subaru WRX Lemon Law Settlement

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This 2017 Subaru WRX incurred complaints about the following:  Smoking with a burning smell and an incorrect gear readout. Later it died and showed a check engine light.  It ran rough and was blowing black smoke out of the tailpipe. It also had shifter concerns with abnormal noises.

 Parts that required diagnosis, adjustment, repair or replacement are:  Manual transmission, flywheel assembly, disk complete clutch, oil seal, mass air flow sensor and air duct to air inner-cooler.

In a statutory repurchase of a lemon vehicle you can get back your down-payment, all your payments, towing charges, rental vehicle charges as well as have all your attorney’s fees and costs paid.  Representing yourself against the big manufacturers puts you at a disadvantage. 

Get help! It’s Free.

2015 Kia Optima Lemon Law Settlement

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This 2015 Kia Optima incurred complaints about the following:  Engine noise, engine shut off, no start condition, seized engine and was in the shop 55 days. 

 Parts that required diagnosis, adjustment, repair or replacement are:  Battery, starter, valve train, exhaust manifolds, radiator and engine adaptive values.

In a statutory repurchase of a lemon vehicle you can get back your down-payment, all your payments, towing charges, rental vehicle charges as well as have all your attorney’s fees and costs paid.  Representing yourself against the big manufacturers puts you at a disadvantage. 

Get help! It’s Free.

2017 Ford Edge Lemon Law Settlement Santa Clara County

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This 2017 Ford Edge incurred complaints about the following:  Check engine light, wrench light and automatic transmission.

 Parts that required diagnosis, adjustment, repair or replacement are:  Automatic transmission, shaft, converter assembly, control assembly, pump assembly, solenoid assembly and gaskets.

In a statutory repurchase of a lemon vehicle you can get back your down-payment, all your payments, towing charges, rental vehicle charges as well as have all your attorney’s fees and costs paid.  Representing yourself against the big manufacturers puts you at a disadvantage. 

Get help! It’s Free.

2011-2016 Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta Lemon Law Settlements

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We have helped dozens of people with the 2011-2016 Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta’s that had transmission issues before 60,000 miles. These vehicles exhibit shaking, shuddering and jerking.  They feel like the transmission is slipping. 

These vehicles require diagnosis, adjustment, repair or replacement of the following:  Clutch assembly, transmission, reprogramming of the PCM/TCM, relearning of the bell housing, and seal replacement.

In a statutory repurchase of a lemon vehicle you can get back your down-payment, all your payments, towing charges, rental vehicle charges as well as have all your attorney’s fees and costs paid.  Representing yourself against the big manufacturers puts you at a disadvantage. 

Get help! It’s Free.

2016 Tesla Model X Lemon Law Settlement-Placer County

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This 2016 Tesla Model X incurred complaints about the following:  System sensors, doors, falcon door ghosting, windows, seats, seals throughout the vehicle, cup holders, wiring, batteries, active spoiler, appliques, both sun visors, the radio, stereo and sound system, the lift gate, rear spoiler, front roof, racetrack trim, wheel house liners, seat belts and defects causing abnormal noises from various parts of the vehicle, including clicking, rattling, squeaking and vibrating.  There were complaints of failures in the brake lights, taillights and leaking. There were also complaints about the leather interior, stitching on the carpet and improper alignment throughout the vehicle. There were also complaints about warping of trim, discoloration of glass seals, suspension, the HVAC system, and the charging port. 

 Parts that required diagnosis, adjustment, repair or replacement are:  Door handles, firmware, door shells, body closures, falcon doors, door sensors, ultrasonic sensors, right front window, seat backs, glass seals, door glass regulators, re calibration of door regulator, cup holders, seat covers, pads and trim, seat assembly, b-pillar fitment, cinch motor, seat calibration, applique and applique adhesive, batteries, key fob, sound dampening material, door trim, lift gate glass trim, motorized door latch, spoiler grommets, sun visors, torque screws, racetrack trim, wheel house liners, falcon door seals, taillight assembly, fender garnish, door latches, brake light, fog/reverse lights and leather on seats.

In a statutory repurchase of a lemon vehicle you can get back your down-payment, all your payments, towing charges, rental vehicle charges as well as have all your attorney’s fees and costs paid.  Representing yourself against the big manufacturers puts you at a disadvantage. 

Get help! It’s Free.