[Vwdiesel] 82 Rabbit diesel - injector pump lever is "sticky"

LBaird119 at aol.com LBaird119 at aol.com
Mon Sep 21 13:30:23 PDT 2009

In a message dated 9/21/2009 1:12:44 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
joe at haasenpfeffer.com writes:

> Follow-up:  Drowning the lever/springs with WD-40 seems to have done the
> trick, at least temporarily.  But I haven't driven it more than 25 miles 
> or
> so yet, so I'm not calling it a "success" just yet.  Let's see what my 
> next
> 250 mile trip brings.  I'm guessing using Gunk on a diesel isn't so good 
> for
> the injector pump?

  It really doesn't take a drowning to fix/help it.  Just a squirt 
usually does it.  The gunk just cleans things up/dries it up and 
the shaft or springs then stick toward the idle end of movement.

> Thanks to all who responded.  I will be looking more closely into the oil
> leak next.  Oh, and I do still have the timing belt cover.  The previous
> owner (who was also a poster here) said it was "50/50" on leaving the 
> cover
> off or putting it back on.  For now, I'm glad he left it off.  The reason 
> is
> it appears the side wall on my intermediate shaft pully has a gouge in it.
> I've only seen it once when the engine stops in just the right spot.  The
> only reason I mention this is that may timing belt has only 10K miles on 
> it
> and it appears to be getting "thinner", width wise.  Kinda like an erosion
> of the side of the belt.  It's very minute, perhaps a couple tenths of a
> millimeter in the last 3K miles, but is noticable.  I never would have 
> seen
> this with the cover off.  Of course, this is a subject for a new thread.
> But for now, I'm back on the road again.
  Sounds like someone pried on the int. shaft pulley and chipped 
a piece of the shoulder off.  Not uncommon.  If it's rubbing against 
one side pretty well, especially the outer side, you may have 
the belt too tight and/or a worn input shaft bushing on the pump. 
Either and especially both will cause the belt to walk away from 
the engine, risking a belt jump.

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