After reading threads on this forum, I decided to check my car (55 1.9CDTI 150 - 69K miles) for some of the common faults, and have found that my Swirl Valve Actuator Bar has come off and was just lying there.
I've only had the car for 5 weeks, so cannot comment on if anything has changed performance wise (it seems OK to me) and only comments are sometimes can be a little slow on the take off (<2K rpm) and a slight 'blip' when accelerating hard around 4000rpm (mainly in second gear - a bit like my foot has come off the accelerator for a fraction of a second). There are no other problems, lights, issues etc.
I have noticed that the valves seem to still be moving as after several journeys i have looked at where the small rod is on each pod and each time it has been in a different position - except the 3rd from the left which has always been a '12 o'clock' with the engine off [not checked if it moves when revving]. 4th from the left is pretty 'gunky' / cobvered in oil etc
My problem is that I checked the warranty I have, and it is limited to £250 [a fat lot that will do looking at the cost of repairs listed on this forum !].
1/ Do I need to wait for the car to develop lights / problems before it will be accepted for a warranty claim ?
2/ Would this be covered if I got a RAC or AA waranty (most these policies cover specific items listed and I have not seen 'Swirl valve actuator' listed - only manifold etc
3/ Has anyone succesfully claimed under one of these policies for this problem ?
Not sure if I should try to claim under my warranty and get £250 towards the cost, or try for a full claim under a RAC / AA warranty. If it is unlikely that a claim would be sucessful, then it looks like the £1 quick fix could be on the cards, but I dont want to mess with it until all other avenues are exhausted.
Any advice on what approach to take would be appreciated !
(I wish I'd found this forum before buying the god damn car - It looks like there are more problems than what they are worth with this car)
Thanks in advance