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Old 27-05-2014   #1
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Loss of power & no turbo

My '08 1.3 multijet had an 'engine failure' warning come up 300 miles into a 370 mile trip. The engine has reduced power and the turbo doesn't appear to be working. Theres no smoke and engine runs fine just very limited power. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Re: Loss of power & no turbo

To be honest, with the 1.3 it could be a number of things.

Is there a management lamp on? If so, I would suggest getting the fault codes read first.
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Re: Loss of power & no turbo

Thanks Andoo. Yeah, engine management light on, cars in the garage now with a whole host of error codes up. Going down the route of the EGR at the moment, does that seem feesible?
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Re: Loss of power & no turbo

It is possible, but if the EGR valve plays up at all, it normally jams open & causes problems.

The EGR valve is more of a means to cool the fuel burn by recycling some of it it through the intake to the combustion process. This helps reduce emissions, especially at idle.

Normally, you would get a lumpy idle if the valve is jammed open. If it is closed on the other hand, the burning of fuel is hotter, there is a more pronounced smell at the exhaust (like on old old diesel engines, real back of your throat, stingy eyes smell).

I'm afraid I don't know too much about the 1300, but I do know they are prone to things like the timing chain tensioner wearing, the chain can then jump a tooth and create problems starting and running. The main fault there being (apart from the timing being off) is the crank & cam sensors are out of sync and this confuses the ECU.

However, any decent tech with a good code reader will spot that immediately.
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