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Old 19-07-19, 01:31
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My 1993 transporter,petrol,2l has an intermittent fault which garages have been unable to fix. The engine starts well and after driving for a while it just loses power and faulters and despite changing down i have to coast to a stop. It restarts after a few minutes and gets going again. It has been in 2 garages and they canít get it to fault. The distributor and cap,HD leads, spark plugs have been replaced (all pricey) Now they say it is my fault as Iím not changing down soon enough. Iíve had the van for 7years and itís been fine before this problem.
Any ideas?
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Old 19-07-19, 07:42
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Possibly fuel starvation, should the fuel tank be vented? If so is the vent blocked causing a vacuum? Good luck
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Old 19-07-19, 08:02
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Thank you. I did suggest this to the garage after someone suggested it to me.
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Old 19-07-19, 09:49
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The distributor and cap,HD leads, spark plugs have been replaced (all pricey)
those parts are not expensive

would have thought £30-£45 unless genuine vw

you can get guide-prices on ebay


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Possibly fuel starvation, should the fuel tank be vented? If so is the vent blocked causing a vacuum? Good luck
my first thoughts...



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Thank you. I did suggest this to the garage after someone suggested it to me.
easy to test, remove the fuel filler-cap & drive, if no issues then you know the fuel tank's breather is blocked (usually mud & easily cleaned )

another 'test' is, when driving & the 'issue' occurs, pull-over & stop. then go to the fuel filler & open it if theres a 'whoosh' or sucking sound then thats the fuel in the tank under a vacuum - shows that the breather system is blocked & the fuel pump cannot 'suck' fuel any more

cheap & easy fix-option is to either drive around without the cap (not recomended as danger due to vapour as well as water / dirt entering the tank) or get a replacement 'vented' fuel-filler cap (OR get the breather cleared?)

another question...

whan was the fuel filter changed?

I've seen origonal vw fuel (petrol) filters on old cars & t4's as people either cannot be bothered / don't know / save money as 'it's working fine' etc. and these slowly block up causing starvation (& sometimes engine damage )

Rich. (harbinger of DOOM )

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Old 19-07-19, 11:16
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Thank you for your advice. Iíll take it out for a run now and follow your advice.
The garage has obviously overcharged without solving the problem.
The van is regularly serviced and had a new fuel filter in February.
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Old 19-07-19, 15:53
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Well sadly that doesnít seem to be the problem, after driving for about 20 mins going at about 60mph in 5th it started to mis so changed down it continued to lose power and as a pulled in the engine cut out. So quickly nipped round and took off the fuel cap but no whoosh at all. Anyway, started again and went quite well to the Kit Hill to walk the dog and came home quite happily.
Iím worried that Iím going to cause an accident when it cuts out.
All suggestions welcome.
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Old 20-07-19, 08:15
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You might want to check the cam and crank sensor. These can be borrowed from another car like the Golf 3 for testing. I think the cam sensor is built into the distributor.

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Old 31-07-19, 07:48
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Thank you, as the distributor, cap and HD leads have been replaced Iím presuming the sensor is new too?
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Thank you, as the distributor, cap and HD leads have been replaced Iím presuming the sensor is new too?
Presuming is not enough. You have to know.

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Old 31-07-19, 10:32
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Icing up? I had a volvo that would happily run for half an hour then die. after 10 minutes it would start again and run for another half an hour or so. I never found any resolution as I sold the car !!
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