The most common issues of the TFSI 2.0 EA113 and how to solve them

In this article we will take a closer look at some of the issues associated with the TFSI 2.0 EA113 engines from Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat (VAG). By the way, did you know that it is also used in the KTM x-bow?

Some people consider the EA113 to be a really poor engine design, mostly because of the oil pressure related problems. However it can be a really solid engine if the proper preventive meassures are taken and you keep with changing your oil and filters.

Do i have an EA113 engine?

First of all we need to make sure that you have come to the right place and the engine in your vehicle is really the one we are talking about here.

The EA113 was installed for many years but there is also the newer EA888 version of the 2.0 TFSI. In some high power output applications the the first was installed all the way up to 2014 year models.

common Engine codes

BPJ, BWA, BWE, BPY, BUL, CDL, BYD, BWJ, BHZ, CDLA, CDLF, CDLB. 

What to look for

On the EA113 the oil dipstick is placed on the left hand side relative to the engine. Be aware that the engine is mounted sideways in some cars.

Let’s go

Now that we have established that you are the proud owner of a TFSI 2.0 EA113 engine, we will start sorting out the potential causes of headache you are looking at.

Oil pressure issues

There are a lot of different causes that can lead to oil pressure related issues. We have even written an entire blog post on how to trouble shoot them. Here we will list the most common ones.

Balancer shaft chain sprocket failure

This is by far the most common issue we have come across when it comes to this specific engine type. The failure of this sprocket ultimately leads to the loss of oil pressure with potential catastrophic engine damage as a result. Early signs of a sprocket that is about to fail are vibrations on low engine revs. Theese vibrations can also occure sporadicly due to the sprocket slipping on the balancer shaft.

Our recommended solution

We always recommend our balancer shaft delete kit, because it is by far the most reliabe solution out there. You can read more about it in our blog post here.

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Faulty Oil pressure regulating valve

The second most common oil pressure issue is the regulating system used in the TFSI 2.0. By default it has a design falw which will lead to premature failure. This can be noticed in different ways with the symptoms varying from sporadic oil pressure warnings to low oil pressure on a given specific engine RPM.

Our recommended solution

We always recommend our balancer shaft delete kit, because it is by far the most reliabe solution out there. You can read more about it in our blog post here.