[Vwdiesel] Ford diesel hard starting

82 Diesel Westy dieselwesty at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 20 14:23:59 EST 2004

> >   Wonderful technology, eh? Does anyone know if
> the VW TDI has this same
> >"feature"? 
> The 1.6L (1980-1992) indirect injection engine will
> run just fine without
> electricity if the stop solenoid is removed and its
> plunger extracted (the
> top part must be replaced  to "plug the hole") in
> this state, an IDI volks
> could be started by towing, no battery at all 
> (Or a long run down hill in 4th gear, how I started
> my old mercedes 200D in
> cold weather) 
> The TDI's unfortunately must grovel and submit to
> their computers.

Great find there Ford guy!  That is truely a strange
combination of event to happen, but now you know.

Yes, the amount of computers in my new 04 Jetta TDI
wagon is frieghtening.  There is a sticker in the
trunk of all the computer codes specific to my car,
that are needed for diags and resets if battery is
disconnected for any length of time.  But for a guy
who likes guages, the Jetta has none.  So I will have
to install the basic 3, volts, oil pressure and oil
temp.  That will be hard enough I bet.

Compared to my 83 westy 1.6 IDI with a whopping 3
wires, (temp guage, stop silenoid, and glow plugs) it
is a BIG change.

Bryan Belman, Pt Pleasant, NJ
04 Jetta Wagon TDI, 100bhp, 5sp (had to have a car that starts when I need it)
82 Westfalia Diesel, 1.9L NA hybrid, under body restoration
90 Audi 200, 2.2L Turbo FWD
70 Type 1 Beetle, restored, QQ plates

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