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Old 01-03-2004, 11:45 AM
psfred psfred is offline
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Probably a combination of clogged fuel filters and a bad turbo.

Clogged filters will greatly reduce power -- to the point the car won't climb hills or accelerate much. Easy fix, but I suggest getting the engine hot first and filling the spin-on with clean fuel -- no hand pump on this application.

If the small pre-filter is black, watch the new one, you may need to get some algicide from a marine supply place to clear the tank.

Pull the intake hose between the air filter housing and the turbo (ENGINE OFF!) and reach in and gently spin the turbo -- must rotate freely with minimal free play. If it binds at all, or sticks intermittatnly, or moves axially, it's toast. May be fine, no fuel will result in no turbo action to speak of!

Do the filters and drive it -- that may fix it completely.

You get to look like a genious and she saves tons of money!

1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!
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