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  1. Just helped out someone over the WE with their rough running tdi, having come to me after spending over £500 with vdubs, who didn't diagnose it right! I said I'd be happy to stand up in court to tell them them what i thought of their 'professional' skill level. Huh! They changed the EGR valve. Wrong! I reckon @Rich, @Blue Loop, @Skajme or @RAB would be able to diagnose it in under 5 seconds. Took me about 30... Symptoms were obviously misfiring, running on only two cyls. until warmed up. Started ok, and had a loud tapping noise- really loud with the air inlet duct removed. VCDS showed a big injection quantity imbalance between cylinders at idle- trying to add fuel to cyl 1 and pull from 2 & 3. Obviously air starved on no.1 with the inlet valve not fully opening. It's amazing how vdub ECUs actually measure the rotation time between injection pulses and trim the injection timing to achieve a smooth idle. When a power stroke has more push than the other cyls, it obviously takes less time to rotate. So it adds fuel to the weaker cylinder and pulls from the others to try and even out the power strokes. Neat idea. This 2001 Lupo had 165k miles on it, with a decent history... Down to the breakers yard to grab a camshaft (and a tappet) from a 9N Polo, which was pretty much like new still. It always seems to be the lobe next to the pulley that goes, having seen a few worn cams at the breakers. The engine is at a slight angle, with the gearbox end being slightly lower. Straight forward job- just loosen the timing belt and tensioner. Pop off the valve cover and bearing caps. Pull the dodgy tappet. Pop off the pulley, swap over everything and back together again. You don't even need to remove the high pressure fuel pump or adjust the injection timing as everything is precision made.
    3 points
  2. silver not my first choices but would happily have silver again.
    3 points
  3. Hey everyone đŸ‘‹ I picked up a dirt cheap Lupo a while a go and it's been good to knock about in and that. The only problem is, it's a 1.0 and the severe lack of speed is quite frustrating. I've not had anything particularly quick on 4 wheels but have had a motorcycle since I was 17. One night, after a few beers I bid on a Mk4 Golf GTI thinking nothing of it... until I woke up the next day and won it!! Oops. It was cheap, has some problems, but it was cheap. It's a 150bhp AUM with a 5spd box and full leather interior. It drives OK enough and for the most part works, although there is an issue at idle which needs addressing. It vibrates quite a bit at idle but smooths out as the revs rise - I'll be checking the spark plugs & doing a compression test to see whats up. And thats the start of my Lupo 1.8T build...
    2 points
  4. Posting a few pics here of my recent clean up of the inlet plenum, air restrictor 'trumpets' and intake manifold on my SDI. (I know there's a thread on this but the pictures seem to have gone missing from the image hosting site, so here's another thread with pics if of help to anyone.) As others have said, I couldn't believe how coked up the trumpets and the intake vents were. Doused the intake manifold, plenum, and trumpets in multiple rounds of carb cleaneer and oven cleaner, as well as jet washing the parts in the end. Refitted with a new manifold gasket. Before reassembly hoovered out the intake ports with a handheld vacuum cleaner to remove any big bits of carbon that might have become dislodged during the cleaning/scraping process. Applied the CCV hose mod to stop oil vapour being re-routed back into the inlet plenum, and did the EGR blank, inlet manifold flap disconnect, then took out for a spin to flush anything out. Once the engine warmed up I ran a can of Diesel Intake cleaner through the inlet plenum to try and shift some of the deposits around the intake ports and valves. (Debatable whether this has a huge effect, but thought it couldn't hurt to try.) Will report back once I've had a chance to run another tank through it whether it feels much different etc. Much cleaner at least anyway! Some tips I discovered that helped me: - Oven cleaner works really well! - Ring spanner makes a good scraper tool. - Face masks are handy for covering open ports to prevent stuff falling in - Removing the inlet manifold flap housing: It's a bayonet fitting that turns *right* to release it. - Blocked off the EGR vacuum using an M5 bolt, and a small nail for the manifold flap vacuum. (Leave the wiring connectors connected.) Plan is to install an oil catch can soon rather than letting the oil vapour vent under the car.
    2 points
  5. The car got a well deserved oil change today, I tend to do them every 4k but this time it was at 3 after the weekend it just had! Recently purchased the Sealey oil funnel, my god I wish I bought sooner. Made life so easy lol. The ECS magnetic sump plug had picked something up, not sure what it was but it’s doing the job.
    2 points
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  7. I actually think blue is up there at the top and then anthracite. Both are so few and far in-between though, probably sitting in someone's garage SORNed and not being given the love it deserves đŸ˜‚
    2 points
  8. My opinion is to keep that respray money I'm your pocket. These are mostly older, cheaper cars nowadays. I'd just keep on top of the mechanicals as you'll maybe sell it a a year or two on move into something else.
    1 point
  9. Selling my beloved Lupo GTI including the private Lupo reg. It's a 2005 reg. 151K miles I have owned since 2013 and most of those miles are me on the motorway, full year of MOT, taxed until December. Digital radio installed. GTI door plates, and mats. Red calipers and seat belts. In Stockport, Greater Manchester. Still a great drive! Photos attached. Selling for £5000. If you are interested please contact Natalie on 07857434329.
    1 point
  10. I'd like to buy it if it's still available.
    1 point
  11. Thanks buying that particular oil off eBay will work out to be way to expensive because I live Northern Ireland on the shipping is £16. But found this 2 with free shipping it seems to be to same spec https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/373537080219?hash=item56f88b839b:g:NdQAAOSw4plctfKK https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/294135977900?hash=item447bded7ac:g:cZoAAOSwCGVX96kB
    1 point
  12. I have a feeling both myself and Bluloop owned this car about 6 years ago. Sold it to a young guy in Glasgow, but at that point it had a Polo 6R converted rear bootlid. The timing belt was done in about 2015 by my pal - if you can check the service book and confirm it was done by ‘Tornaveen Engineering’ I may be tempted to buy it back.
    1 point
  13. From memory, it's a captive nut. But getting the holes to line up was the trouble I had. Try loosening off 37 and have another go. You may even have to jack up the engine or loosen off the engine mounts. Have fun... @Rich your thoughts?
    1 point
  14. The cable ties holding the leads onto the coil pack maybe had something to do with it. (Been like that since the day i bought the car) noticed A & D was also super loose on the coil pack.
    1 point
  15. Celebrity LOL bet he’s never been called that before,if it’s who I think it is!
    1 point
  16. Left is 6E0 809 961 E Right is 6E0 809 962 F All I can say to you is good luck! I was after one for my old GTI about 6 years ago and it took me a fair old while to find one back then!
    1 point
  17. Nowt wrong with Silver, stays clean for longer; besides it was used in a lot of VW promotional shots so probably why there's a lot about.
    1 point
  18. I feel silver is getting a slightly harsh time. I currently own one, and I'll admit not my first choice, but see one in the flesh and they look bloody awesome in my opinion. I've had black and laser blue, black would be my least fab tbh. Good luck in your search.
    1 point
  19. Ah well, let’s keep trying with this though…
    1 point
  20. Some progress: The replacement towing eye cover has been sprayed and installed. Thanks to @Rickie all 4 wheel centre caps are in place. (One is the wrong colour, but hey ho, nevermind) Last weekend, I finally replaced the clutch slave cylinder, which should stop the break fluid leak. Fingers crossed! And yesterday, it had a full valet done. It’s so clean inside that I contemplated taking my shoes off before getting in…
    1 point
  21. I assume you turned it off to wiggle the pipe and then turned it back on to immediately restored power? Turning it off then on is a known fix for several things that could have kicked it into limp mode. Get fault codes read. It could be sucking in air there beyond the maf and kicking it to limp mode.
    1 point
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