[Vwdiesel] Re: [vanagon] 82 diesel vanagon smokes more uphill - normal?

Joel Hembel jhembel at execpc.com
Mon Mar 18 18:59:08 EST 2002

I agree too.  52 hp (or is it 48?) propelling a 4500 lb + pound box is surely
gonna smoke a bit going up hill.  Maybe that engine in a 1800 pound rabbit won't
smoke nearly as much. Less than 1/2 the weight, 1/2 the wind resistance and 1/2
the  rpm to boot?  (Well maybe?)  Mine certainly smokes going uphill with the
pedal to the metal..  Joel Hembel 82 Westy Diesel

LBaird119 at aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 3/18/2002 8:01:24 AM Pacific Standard Time, tbil at yahoo.com
> writes:
> > Used to be that the saying was that the only time a
> >  diesel should smoke is when it is wide open or it is
> >  out of tune.  With modern fuel systems today they shud
> >  not smoke at all.
>   Problem is that a diesel vanagon is not a "modern fuel system."  It's not
> even turbocharged, which tends to greatly reduce smoke.  Nearly all non
> TD's will smoke just while running down the road even.  To what degree
> depends on the condition and state of tune.  A TD will even waft a little
> just running down the road, although it's almost not noticeable.  Then
> you get into the modern stuff with the TDI and comperable technology
> and although they don't smoke much, most owners do notice a little
> puff at startup or hard acceleration.
>   Diesels are much better anymore but to imply a 20 year old Vanagon
> shouldn't smoke at all is just going to make the poor new owner feel
> more paranoid than he may already be.  ;-)
>      Loren
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