Diesel engine question
If you don’t mind waiting a couple of days, and have an XP or Win 7 laptop, get a USB diagnostic lead from Ebay, download VCDS-Lite. You’ll be able to read your codes. Your generic reader is like mine- doesn’t see specific VW codes (there are thousands.)
I would agree with an earlier poster- it sounds like one or more slow plugs to me. You’ll be using those plugs much more than you think. Get VCDS, it will make troubleshooting so much easier. The ‘shareware’ version is free and you’ll be enlightened.Posted 4 years ago
I renewed all the glow plugs yesterday for Bosch Duraterm ones.
Started the car this morning and it (as usual) started 1st time.
However the puff if smoke and engine clatter are still there.
So – what next?
Do we just ignore it as it starts and drives fine? Is it a trait of the PD engine?Posted 3 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
If it’s 03 I don’t think it will be a PD engine… 😐
White smoke from a TDi Galaxy / Sharran / Alhambra is 99% the Auxilliary heater, under the passenger side rear wheel arch. It’s only supposed to try & work below 10degC though. They have a heater plug that burns out. If working fine should sound like a jet engine on a cold day.
For the clattering, watch the aux belt when someone starts the car from cold. They have a clutch type pulley on the alternator. These seize up, & can sometimes take a minute to free up from cold, but usually only when it’s idling. It allows the alternator to free wheel. The belt will be jumping around, but then run free. Sounds clattery while it’s bouncing. Alternator out to change, & a special tool to change. Several types of pulley, so count the teeth & measure dia before buying.
Other than that, the CAT, loose stuff in there bouncing around ?
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Daz or Serviceford are top blokes, & know these cars inside out.Posted 3 years agoInbred456Member
My dads focus 1.8 tdci would start with all the glow plugs knackered. The injection system is so accurate it still starts but runs like a bag of hammers till it warms up. It would still easily start on one or two plugs but the unburnt diesel would come out as white smoke. Check the wiring they can draw quite a lot of current. Check for signs of burning of the wiring.Posted 3 years ago
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