Timing Chain Plus Water Pump Replacement

Timing Chain Plus Water Pump Replacement

November 14, 2018 4 By Yeti Admin

As you may know, I have recently had new brakes and new bump stops fitted on my Yeti.

The next work I wanted done was a complete timing chain kit plus a new water pump. And antifreeze.

It was only after I bought my Yeti in April that I learned about the dreaded timing chain issue on earlier TSI engines

My Yeti makes a rattly sound for about two seconds on cold start-up then goes quiet as a mouse; this is all the warning we TSI engine owners get, apparently! The timing chain has probably stretched!

The next thing to happen is the timing chain either jumps a cog or snaps altogether

Either way, it’s new engine time!  😨

I bought the timing chain kit myself online. The water pump I allowed my trusted mechanic to supply because initially I didn’t realise that it should also be changed when replacing the timing chain.

Here is the timing chain kit on Amazon if you also want to buy it yourself: Yeti timing chain kit.

And if you want to buy the water pump yourself: Yeti water pump.

You will be aware (if you’re a regular reader) that I always prefer to buy parts for my Yeti myself whenever possible to prevent mechanics from adding their mark-up!

My new timing chain kit minus the water pump…

TSI timing chain kit



And the water pump my mechanic ordered and will also fit…

water pump skoda yeti

My car has covered 132,000 KM with no record in the service history of the chain being replaced. Let’s rectify that today.

My mechanic needs my Yeti for most of a full day

I dropped her off yesterday afternoon, right after her monthly jet wash.

service timing chainCome 5:15 pm today I’m at his workshop and it’s all over.

My Yeti has had her surgery and she has fully recovered from it

The total cost for the new timing chain kit, new water pump, antifreeze plus fitting, with my service book updated and stamped, came in at 7,750 CZK – around £259.

Here are the replaced parts…

worn yeti water pump

On the drive back home my Yeti feels more responsive pulling away from every standing start

Is this just my imagination?

And tomorrow morning’s cold start I look forward to with interest.

If you have a Yeti aged between 2009 and 2011 you should also be listening out for any tappety sounds coming from your engine. Also take a look through your service book/history to see if the timing chain has been replaced.

The UK Yeti Owners Club has much information about this issue

I learnt about this problem from the Forum members. And I myself often post on the Forums. Find me there as ‘Brit_In_Czech’.

UK Yeti Owners Club Forum: Yeti timing chain problem.

And if you’re not keen on paying dealer/garage/mechanic marked-up prices for your timing chain kit or water pump then think about buying them yourself and pay a trusted mechanic to fit them for you, as I did.

Yeti timing chain is here on Amazon.

Yeti water pump is here on Amazon.

Now go listen to your engine!

And check through your service history!


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