EA888 Family

Volkswagen EA888 Family

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All Engines


  • Susceptible to carbon deposits on the intake valves, due to the engines being direct injected




  • Audi TT (8J)


  • Volkswagen Passat (B7)



Certain Vehicles

  • CAEA/CAEB/CDNB/CDNC engines:
    • All: May experience excessive oil consumption due to the PCV system. Volkswagen has released several updated PCV valves over the years which fix this.
    • Engines produced prior to November 2011: May experience oil consumption due to excessive piston ring tolerances. If your vehicle experiences this issue, you may be able to submit a claim through your VW/Audi dealership to have repairs covered.
    • Engines produced MY2009-2012: May experience premature failure of the turbocharger due to a loose wastegate rod between the internal wastegate and the boost diaphragm
  • CAEA, CAEB, CBFA, CCTA, CNDC, and CPMA engines produced MY2012 and earlier: Engines are susceptible to failure of the timing chain tensioner, which can result in catastrophic engine damage
    • Failure can occur as early as 30k miles. If purchasing a susceptible vehicle, ensure that the tensioner has been updated to the latest part, or budget for the repair yourself.
    • Volkswagen released several updated parts, though only the latest fixes the issue. Part numbers 06H-109-467-N, 06H-109-467-AB, and 06H-109-467-T must be updated to the latest part (06K-109-467-K) in order to prevent failure.
    • This repair should cost around $700 at a reputable shop, and involves removing the lower timing cover
    • There was a class action lawsuit and settlement, in which Volkswagen covered up to $6500 in engine repairs and $2000 in timing system repairs for class members who filed claims. Not all owners filed claims, so many vehicles were not repaired under the settlement.
    • It is often worth replacing the lower timing cover (which often bends during removal), timing chain, timing chain guides, and cam bridge bracket while in there
    • Because the lower timing cover uses sealant rather than a gasket, it is common for it to leak oil after the procedure



  • Audi A4 2.0T Premium (B8)
  • Audi A5 2.0T (8T)
  • Audi Q5 2.0T (8R)


  • Audi A3 2.0T (8P)
  • Audi TT 2.0T (8J)
  • Volkswagen Tiguan (Gen 1)


  • Audi Q3 (8U)
  • Volkswagen CC (B6)
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mk5)
  • Volkswagen Jetta (Mk5)
  • Volkswagen Jetta (Mk6)
  • Volkswagen Passat (B6)


  • Volkswagen CC (B6)
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mk6)
  • Volkswagen Tiguan (Gen 1)


  • Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance (Mk7)


  • Audi A3 (8V)
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mk7)
  • Volkswagen Tiguan (Gen 2)


  • Audi S3 (8V)


  • Audi TTS (8J)


  • Volkswagen Golf R (Mk7)