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Thread: It's the 'guess what's wrong with my car' competition!

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    Default It's the 'guess what's wrong with my car' competition!

    Driving along today when the engine management light comes on in the Rev Counter. The car then goes into limp mode. This is swiftly followed by an illumination of the exhaust gases light.

    So, I pull over. I turn the engine off, I leave it a minute or so, then restart. Same problem!

    I phone the garage I bought it from and they say that it should be ok to drive to them (about 40 miles) in limp mode. So I go on my way. With that I notice I am sending out quite a bit of white smoke behind me when reving in low gear. So I pull over again. Phone the garage again, and they say I need it recovered as they don't know what the problem is.

    It's now at the garage waiting for them to look at it tomorrow, and I've got a loan car - Primera Nice display and sat nav, but otherwise cack!

    Any ideas anyone? Engine is 1.9cdti

    No prizes awarded for correct guesses

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    Head gasket ??

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    Do they have a lambda sensor on oilburners, if it was a petrol, I might say it was the Lambda sensor that was at fault. Hope you get it sorted soon though.
    Ps you say there are no prizes for the correct guess, Do we have as many guess,s as the vx dealer???

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    one of AJA tunit boxes

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    Did it have a tuning box on Matty? After Alex's post, and Matt's experiences, I'm wondering if the boxes are not all they're cracked up to be!

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    I have a tuning box, but ironically I haven't had it in my car for a few weeks as my mate is trialing it with a view to buying one. If it had have still been in there I would have removed it before that garage got it back anyway

    The engine still sounded sweet, albeit with rev restriction. There was no misfiring. The white smoke suggests to me incomplete combustion?

    The AA bloke didn't have a clue, but he put a diagnostic on it and it came up with a fault code immediately which said compression manifold error, or something like that. He spoke to his technical guy who suggested that previous cases of this meant the ECU needed remapping

    The fault reading is the best guess I have right now until tomorrow. Odd

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    Could be a possible MAF sensor failure.

    Though if the exhaust has come on these have multiple lambda sensors in them.

    Or your motor inlet manifold could be blocked up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian_c
    one of AJA tunit boxes
    Ferk off!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Matty H
    Any ideas anyone? Engine is 1.9cdti

    No prizes awarded for correct guesses
    A sensible idea - I had a lot of White smoke when the turbo went on my Fraud Mondeo TDCi. Did you have any idea from the driving characteristics that something was wrong before the Limp Mode?

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    No, nothing AJA. All seemed well. I did wonder about the turbo too. Still haven't heard from the garage

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    White smoke to me says some sort of gasket or the Turbo. Are you still within warranty bud?

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