Self Study Program 436 – Modifications to the chain-driven 4-cylinder TFSI engine

VAG SSP 436. In this Self-Study Programme, you will learn about the key modifications to the chain-driven 4-cylinder TFSI engine. The 1.8-litre chain-driven 4V TFSI engine was the first engine of its kind when it was launched in 2006. This new 4-cylinder engine generation (EA888) is gradually replacing the timing belt-driven 4-cylinder engine generation, now being phased out. The engine first appeared on the Audi A3 as a transverse unit. This so-called “Stage 0” engine was developed with emphasis on the following development goals:

  • Enhanced fuel economy
  • Reduced exhaust emissions and compliance with future exhaust emission standards
  • Extended performance range
  • Longitudinal installation of the engine

For a detailed technical description of the “Stage 0” engine, please refer to Self-Study Programme 384, “Audi 1.8-litre chaindriven 4V TFSI engine”. Stage 2 has now been implemented. A table summarising the various modifications is included in this Self-Study Programme. The modifications relevant to service centres are described below.

A key milestone for Audi was the launch of the engine on the North American market, where the world’s most stringent exhaust emission standards (ULEV II and SULEV) apply. To meet these limits, further technical modifications were called for. You will also find a description of these  modifications in this Self-Study Programme.

The learning objectives of this Self-Study Programme:

Once you have worked your way through this Self-Study Programme, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • How do you differentiate between the various development stages of the longitudinal and transverse engines?
  • What are the main technical modifications, and why were they introduced?
  • Which modifications were made to the crankcase ventilation system?
  • What are the points to observe when testing the oil pressure when a self-regulating oil pump is installed?
  • What are the special features of the Audi valvelift system in the 4-cylinder TFSI engine compared to the system on the V6 FSI engine?
  • What were the measures implemented to meet the ULEV II and SULEV exhaust emission standards, and how does this technology work?


  • Introduction
    • Overview of the development stages
    • Technical features
  • Engine mechanicals
    • Audi valvelift system
    • Crankcase ventilation system
  • Oil circulation system
    • Overview
    • Self-regulating oil pump
    • Oil pressure switch
    • Oil pressure monitoring
  • 2.0l TFSI engine for SULEV
    • Introduction
    • Modifications compared to engines for the European market
    • Secondary air system
    • Exhaust turbocharger
    • Catalytic converter system
    • Automatic starter control in the Audi A3
    • Operating modes
    • Compliance with statutory limits (PremAir®)
  • Service
    • Special tools
  • Annex
    • Glossary
    • Test yourself
  • Summary
    • Self-Study Programmes

The Self-Study Programme teaches the design and function of new vehicle models, new automotive components or new technologies.
The Self Study Programme is not a Repair Manual.
All values given are intended for reference purposes only and refer to the software version valid at the time of preparation of the SSP.
For information about maintenance and repair work, always refer to the current technical literature.

Language: English
Format: PDF
Pages: 56

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