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Old 01-06-2010, 08:48 PM
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It's more reasonable, and cheaper. I was giving that first mechanic a try, because he was very close to home.....he didn't charge me for his diagnosis, so no harm done.

If it turns out to be just that leaking filter gasket and engine mounts, I'll be pleased.
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:40 AM
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Hello, This sounds very close to what I had asked the forum a couple months ago. I was pointed in the direction of a compression test to determine if I had a head gasket problem. I am curious to know what the culprit is on your car.

I was able to do the comp. test on the first two cyl. only and got stymied by the fact that I could only get to those glow plugs. It has been too cold to do the rest via injector hole but at the time I recieved the advice from here I remember writing that I have checked coolant for oil and vice/versa. her car has tons of power and I also remember thinking that I did not think it was a head issue because of the power and lack of mixing fluids. never the less I listened to this site and went and bought a compression tester.

I have since started fixing small oil leaks (can in air cleaner housing needed to be siliconed) and she continue's to drive the car. I still have small oil leaks and I don't know from where but always leaves a few drops on the floor even after fixing the air cleaner can.

The problems I was having are:
1- studder/ vibration between 50-60 kms/hr.
2-excessive smoke after warmed up and been sitting idleing at stop lights etc.
3- excessive oil use.
4- bad fuel mileage compared to my other wagon

Since getting cold out have noticed a decrease in the vast cloud of smoke at the stop lights and decrease in the shudder.

I would like to point out that I am not a mechanic either but this explanation from your mechanic seems far more feasible than the head gasket diagnoses from this site. I realize that it is hard for even the mechanics on here to diagnose problems with each car....but I am inclined to keep your mechanics theory in mind for myself anyways.
The amount of oil her car leaks on the floor is a very small amount compared to what is missing on the dipstick... so the car is obviously leaking while driving or keeping with the forementioned mechanics theory "burning it off with a diesel mixture" I am leaning far towards yoour mechanic. I am in no way affiliated with him as I live in the country above yours far far away.

There are some very smart guys on here but they don't know everything. I have recieved very valuable info. from here too...saved me lots of money.

I am not sure how to post a link to the thread that I am refering to from a couple months ago...maybe someone could help with that?
to post the thread you are refering to, right click on the thread in the address bar. click on "copy" in the drop down box. then when you want to incert the thread in your post, right click, and click on "paste" in the drop down box.

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Old 01-07-2010, 07:14 AM
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An engine mount is better than an IP rebuild !! Yo most probably would have found the vibe went as soon as you put your foot on the gas. If in reverse it would be worse & not go away with your foot on the gas. Well thats what I find when the LH engine mount fails. Normally about a month after a fuel leak drowns the mount.
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The OP had two unrelated issues with his car. The first mechanic he took it to either is an idiot, or thinks the OP is, and tried to sell him a BS solution that had nothing to do with either problem. Second mechanic diagnosed a leaky gasket and a worn out engine mount, which explain the original complaints.
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:02 PM
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The OP had two unrelated issues with his car. The first mechanic he took it to either is an idiot, or thinks the OP is, and tried to sell him a BS solution that had nothing to do with either problem. Second mechanic diagnosed a leaky gasket and a worn out engine mount, which explain the original complaints.
I've noticed that allot of "want too be diesel mechanics' diagnose a "bad" injection pump right away if the engines not running smooth....so beware "Yep, ya need a pump rebuild"
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:36 PM
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I've noticed that allot of "want too be diesel mechanics' diagnose a "bad" injection pump right away if the engines not running smooth....so beware "Yep, ya need a pump rebuild"

Somewhat like folks picking on the Glow Plug relay as the 1st source of a Glow Plug problem there is a tendency to blame the part that we least understand.

With a Mechanic picking the wrong thing it looks suspicious.
When a Mechanic tells you something that seems to lack logic one might ask him if he will be giving a complete refund if what he wants to fix does not solve the problem.
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:50 PM
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[QUOTE=Diesel911;2376830] there is a tendency to blame the part that we least understand.

LOL, I guess thats why I drive a 240D, theres a minimum of ununderstandable parts
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there is a tendency to blame the part that we least understand.

LOL, I guess thats why I drive a 240D, theres a minimum of ununderstandable parts
There is a tendency to blame the part that we least understand.
I have to include myself in the above statment. I have a Van with 2 problems. 1 it has a Head Gasket Leak (took the Head off and it is waiting to be re-asembled) and 2 it intermittently just dies on me and after a minute will start up again and run for 40 miles or so with no problems.

I find myself blaming the Computer (even though there is no trouble codes showing). I believe I blame the Computer because without some specialized equipment I cannot trouble shoot it. It is just an unknown "Black Box" to me.
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Its nice when these threads have a happy ending!!!
Inexpensive fix is better than an expensive exercise in futility!!
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:07 AM
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What clarity

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Inexpensive fix is better than an expensive exercise in futility!!
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That 800 alone woulda sent me straight in search of a FSM.


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