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    My Sludger 'Estate' now fixed !

    I'm really hoping that one of the sludger experts might be able to point me in the right direction before I set fire to the bloody thing.

    Basically my TDS is not running too well at all.
    The car always starts well even in the colder temps we have had but certainly for the first few miles it feels very flat, occasionally has the symptoms of misfiring and is just generally a right pain to drive.
    Perhaps the strangest thing of all is that once the car is properly warmed up (I drive 10 miles to and from work on a normal day) the symptoms are not nearly as pronounced, though it's still not perfect. Larger throttle openings, once warmed up, the car certainly seems to go well enough.


    The EGR is disabled (coin and a disconnected vacuum pipe, belt and braces )
    The diesel pump was sent off for testing and also got it's seals replaced.
    I have replaced all the leak-off pipes recently
    Earlier today I replaced the diesel filter, just in case.
    I can't see anything obviously loose or damaged.
    The original engine was the later type (black plastic mani M51) with a MAF and I have connected this up, though wouldn't think this could in itself cause a problem - if it's not duff..

    Gut feeling (which, for cost reasons I really want to be wrong) is that I need to get the injectors tested/ refurbed.

    Does this sound a reasonable assumption or (short of getting any codes read) is there anything else which might be to blame ?
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    My Sludger 'Estate' is running badly

    It sounds like you have covered all the bases so I think you could be right with the injectors but I don't know a lot if anything about non common rail derv's


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    The different MAF could be causing some problems, but its already run fine before with it connected hasn't it?

    Could be injectors like you say, are they easy to get to on your engine? You can narrow it down by cracking off each injector pipe while its misfiring, then you'll only have to get 1 referbed.

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    Cheers @jim 320d I was beginning to think that nobody liked me

    One option I am considering is buying an ultrasonic cleaner off Ebay (the type that can be used to clean jewellery etc) and seeing if I can clean them up a bit with that.
    I certainly wouldn't be the first to try this, but there seems to be some confusion over which liquid is best to use in the device.

    Of course I would prefer to get the injectors professionally sorted....but I am dreading the quote (if the place I contacted ever get back to me).
    Only other thing I could think to try was driving with the MAF unplugged, but to be honest I am not sure what to expect from doing this.
    I'm sure I read that the MAF's readings control the EGR (on this engine at least), which of course is disabled on mine, beyond that I am not too sure.

    Really wishing I had bought a petrol right about now as they appear more straight forward

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    Quote Originally Posted by E36 TDS View Post
    Cheers @jim 320d I was beginning to think that nobody liked me
    I'm beginning to think you don't like me, ignoring my post and all

    It shouldn't cost very much at all to just get the injectors tested...

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    My Sludger 'Estate' is running badly

    Who did you go to for the quote
    I have heard that lynx diesels are good
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    Quote Originally Posted by E36 TDS View Post
    Does this sound a reasonable assumption or (short of getting any codes read) is there anything else which might be to blame ?
    Why short of getting them read? I know the pre common rail dervs aren't as error code happy as the later engines but surely its a starting point rather than guessing what may or may not be the problem?

    +1 on Lynx Diesels reputation @Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stal1878 View Post
    I'm beginning to think you don't like me, ignoring my post and all

    It shouldn't cost very much at all to just get the injectors tested...
    Lol, timing's never been my strong point I guess.
    Oh and the injectors are a piece of cake to remove, I've done that a few times now - unfortunately.

    Quote Originally Posted by jim 320d View Post
    Who did you go to for the quote
    I have heard that lynx diesels are good

    lynx diesels, diesel fuel injection specialist
    I went back to a local place I had used before Swindon Halls Electrical | Bristol & Swindon as they did a re-con on my diesel pump.

    No harm in me tryingLynx though as that's not far.
    My main concern is that as I only have the one car, I would need a quick turnaround as once they're removed I won't have a car.


    Quote Originally Posted by simonsays View Post
    Why short of getting them read? I know the pre common rail dervs aren't as error code happy as the later engines but surely its a starting point rather than guessing what may or may not be the problem?

    +1 on Lynx Diesels reputation @Jim

    To be honest I have this notion that I'll go somewhere that will either charge an arm and a leg for reading the codes or else expect me to let them rectify whatever fault/s show up.
    Could I literally just show up at a BMW garage and politely ask them if they would mind plugging the car in ?
    Cheers guys
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    Are they any indies near you? The dealer will prob charge you an arm and a leg like you're worried about

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