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    Default Swirl flap linkage fallen off but managed to bodge it! (I hope!)

    Hi all,
    I know this has been discussed many time but just wanna confirm that if you get the linkage bar back on it's still OK to run the car. It moves all 4 flaps 1/4 of a turn clockwise on start-up and returns to the left on shutdown. All 3 slave flaps move freely and seems to actuate freely so I can't see why its come off! Did the washer repair on it and have driven it about and is still attached. I have loss of power below 2000RPM which I have read can be the swirl flaps or the EGR valve which I cleaned today but may need replacing. As I can see the flaps moving I don't think its them and I have no black smoke out the back. I also have the spanner light come on at start up but soon goes off. No doubt I'll have to get the manifold changed soon just wanted reassurance it was OK to run it. Thanks!

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    if your swirl flaps are moving freely when you rev it then its fine mate the reason ts fallen o is because of the wear on he ball joints that hold the bar to the flaps or maybe if you have axial movement then it can pop it off too


    if its fixed and working leve it til it falls off again then its a case of biting the bullet

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    Yeah, When I took it out to fit the washers the joints were wonr quite bad but the pegs were fine. I guess as the revs build up it wil move even more? I only saw it move from when the car is off to when it's at idle. I'm guessing as you rev it they will open some more? Will get the wife to rev it tmw whilst I watch them make sure they move fully.

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