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Ok. I have a 2012 vw beetle. Just had the full works done at the local vw dealer. Got the full manufacturer 40k oil change where they check everything. They did put a map sensor in for me and blew out the line.(which took out my cruise control, but that is another story). Anyway this morning I took my kid to the eye doctor and while I was waiting the car started to sputter so I turned it off. Once I tried a few times to turn it back on I got no where. I let it sit for 15 mins waiting for a jump( thought it was the battery) It starts right up but a after say a minute it sputters again. Drive it home sputtered the whole time. Plug it into the code reader and I get 2 codes P0011, and P000A. After and hour of sitting it is running fine again. The problem is intermittent I'm assuming . I know the P0011 is a generic powertain code, what should my next steps be?
 

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I wouldn't ignore this. I know there were issues with the timing chain tensioner on this generation car. I would get this looked at for sure. Is the car still under warranty? If not, I would try to find a good VW shop in your area vs. the dealer.
 
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I wouldn't ignore this. I know there were issues with the timing chain tensioner on this generation car. I would get this looked at for sure. Is the car still under warranty? If not, I would try to find a good VW shop in your area vs. the dealer.
Not under warranty. I live in a small town and the closest vw dealer / shop is an hour away. I have called around but no one near me messes with vw after the early 2000 models
 

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Which engine do have have; the 2.5L or the 2.0T? There is a lawsuit on timing chain issues; that may cover your repairs, if that is the problem. You can check to see if you are covered; by searching with your vin# here:



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Which engine do have have; the 2.5L or the 2.0T? There is a lawsuit on timing chain issues; that may cover your repairs, if that is the problem. You can check to see if you are covered; by searching with your vin# here:



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It's the 2.5. that ks for the info on the class action. My vin say i don't qualify. But thank you for the info
 

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Well, it sounds like you need to get the problem correctly diagnosed and repaired. If there is no vw specialists in your area; getting the car dropped off at the vw dealer, maybe next? I would give your vw dealer a call and see, what they have to say, what kind of arrangements can be made to tow the car in for service. You might check out AAA; see, if a membership, could help with towing costs.


Some auto insurance premiums; offer roadside assistance or for a small fee, add this as a benefit.
 

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Ok so I cleared the code and the car runs fine now! Like it never happened. It was raining the other morning when this happened ,and there is a pretty big puddle I drove through could the dampness have cause a sensor error?
 

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Hmm, that is interesting; I would not ignore this issue, it maybe that you timing chain or tensioner is worn and that is why the code was thrown. VW had so many issues with the tensioners; that they revised the parts, to address the issue. A timing chain problem, has the potential for catastrophic damage and it would damage the head, bend the valves. That would be a expensive repair and would require a pretty substantial repair bill. You might call your vw dealer and see, what they have to say. Maybe, they can get you a car loaner; while they check things out and do needed repairs.
 

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Is your timing chain tensioner on its way out? Let’s find out.

Symptoms of a Failing Timing Chain Tensioner
First, take a look at this list of symptoms and see if you’re experiencing any of them:

  • A rattling noise coming from the engine at startup
  • Engine won't start or dies while driving and then won't start
  • Check engine code for misfires
Do any of these symptoms apply to you? If so, it’s time to confirm that you’ve got a failing timing chain tensioner.

How to Diagnose a Failing Timing Chain Tensioner
If not fixed in time, a failing or broken timing chain will cause total failure of the engine, which you’ll need to replace. Diagnosis depends on what your vehicle is experiencing:

  • If you have a rattle: Put your ear up to the timing cover, upper or lower, and listen for the noise
  • If you have a check engine light: Put the engine in base time to make sure that the crankshaft and two cams are lined up properly mechanically
  • In extreme cases: Take off the oil fill cap and have a second person crank the car. Look down at the camshafts to see if they're even turning. Sometimes, they'll be turning but will be turning at the wrong time.
Replacing Your Timing Chain Tensioner With an OEM Part
Before you replace your timing chain tensioner (or have a shop do it for you), get a replacement part. We strongly suggest buying an OEM timing chain tensioner from an authorized VW parts department because you’ll have the peace of mind that the replacement part is made specifically for your vehicle and designed to perform optimally.
 

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Is your timing chain tensioner on its way out? Let’s find out.

Symptoms of a Failing Timing Chain Tensioner
First, take a look at this list of symptoms and see if you’re experiencing any of them:


  • A rattling noise coming from the engine at startup
  • Engine won't start or dies while driving and then won't start
  • Check engine code for misfires
Do any of these symptoms apply to you? If so, it’s time to confirm that you’ve got a failing timing chain tensioner.

How to Diagnose a Failing Timing Chain Tensioner
If not fixed in time, a failing or broken timing chain will cause total failure of the engine, which you’ll need to replace. Diagnosis depends on what your vehicle is experiencing:


  • If you have a rattle: Put your ear up to the timing cover, upper or lower, and listen for the noise
  • If you have a check engine light: Put the engine in base time to make sure that the crankshaft and two cams are lined up properly mechanically
  • In extreme cases: Take off the oil fill cap and have a second person crank the car. Look down at the camshafts to see if they're even turning. Sometimes, they'll be turning but will be turning at the wrong time.
Replacing Your Timing Chain Tensioner With an OEM Part
Before you replace your timing chain tensioner (or have a shop do it for you), get a replacement part. We strongly suggest buying an OEM timing chain tensioner from an authorized VW parts department because you’ll have the peace of mind that the replacement part is made specifically for your vehicle and designed to perform optimally.
Thank you I will look at these in the morning
 
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