[Vwdiesel] Cracked Injector housing / Hard start
val at mongobird.com
Mon Nov 14 09:57:49 EST 2005
Working on a non-VW diesel Sunday, I found an engine which didn't turn over
very well. It would stall out, while cranking.
First, I found a cracked case for the injector (a one-banger). Replaced the
injector, and idle operations worked better.
Next, on the starting problem, I checked the battery. OK. Checked the charger,
OK. Checked the starting current with an inductive meter. 73 amps when
cranking. >200 amps (off scale) when stalled. I don't know why it's stalling.
The engine is relatively new. The oil is at the right level, and looks OK
for the few hours on this oil change. There is a compression release, but
that appears to be OK, and was not used for starting. I'm still gathering
data. Not knowing better, this looks like a hydraulic lock, which of course
it probably isn't.
Weekends are becoming fix fests, and they are not particularily satisfying.
I'm still wrestling with the wheel bearing problem I've written about.
I had a (non diesel) minivan with a thermostat failure. Found the thermostat
failed due to metal fatigue, and was in parts and pieces in the V-6
engine. I think I got all the parts out. In the far removed from topic
category, I found that a tile shower has a membrane failure (the lead
foil pan), which has resulted in a chuck of drywall being removed from my
kitchen ceiling. (Significant other is REAL pleased with that.)
Every weekend it's at least two major repairs of something. I need to
retire, take my 91NA, and go fishing.
Any ideas on the starting problem, fire away.
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