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Post by themildbunch » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:33 pm

citsncycles wrote:Is the fuel feed from the tank heated by the exhaust manifold? If so, try bypassing this section with some rubber fuel pipe - it did wonders for the 19RD I owned, but took months to track down. The metal section in question had pinholed, which meant poor starting from cold, and loss of power at high loads because as it sucked air into the system. It wasn't a big problem at first but got progressively worse and worse until it was barely driveable.
When I had the headgasket done on the TD, Bristol 2CV's bypassed this too - In fact they said they'd always do it on these engines as it's such a common problem.
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Post by Dollywobbler » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:28 pm

Chat elsewhere with Mr Fenwick has revolved around the bulb on the filter housing. Reasonably, he has suggested that if air was leaking in, the bulb would feel squishy. It's absolutely rock hard, so perhaps this isn't the issue with starting/running.

I tried it just bulb was nice and firm, two bursts of the new glow plugs. Fires first time and for two entire seconds, sounded blissful. Then it started misfiring badly and eventually stalled. Restarting with lots of throttle meant it kept running, but still running badly with lots of bluey smoke.

On the plus side, the suspension rose almost instantly. It hasn't done that since I got it, so replacing the fluid and cleaning the filters has certainly yielded some benefit.

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Post by mat_fenwick » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:49 pm

That wasn't exactly what I meant - I wondered if manually pumping it would help it start, or reduce the smoke. It may be that there could be air drawn in and the bulb remaining hard, although I would expect it to feel squishy.
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Post by Mothman » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:56 pm

Ian,
i reccon its possible that the diaphram has a leak, mine was evident with Sophie as diesel leaked out when i pressed the primer pump.
You could try and bypass this with a tempory fix to see if your engine runs better. That at least would prove it one way or another. Sophie started ok but ran as rough as a dog very soon after and eventually coughed herself to a standstill in the garage. I was dead lucky there. Dont forget, your fuel filter/primer is probably original to the motor and seals etc will fail at that age. Sophie runs sweet as a nut now.

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Post by Dollywobbler » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:25 pm

Sorry Mat. Misinterpreted your post. I did try pushing the rock-hard bulb, but it made no difference. Still lots of smoke and poor running. It eventually clears, but as we discovered the other night, the misfire remains even when warmed up. (though at least the lack of smoke means progress isn't embarrassing!)

Andy - thanks. I remember you changing that. It's certainly an option. I have pondered how and where to fit a clear section of pipe to see if there are visible bubbles but don't have any suitable pipe nor any idea of how to achieve what I want!

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Post by Tim Leech » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:28 pm

If its a misfire then could it be an injector problem or pump timing? Just a novice's opinion.
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Post by Dollywobbler » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:48 pm

I would have considered that if it was a constant misfire, but it isn't. It doesn't go away, but it doesn't happen constantly if you see what I mean. There are times when it runs on four, only occasionally dropping a pot (once warm).

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Post by Mothman » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:54 pm

Ian, i dont think you need clear pipe to see bubbles, a good running engine will tell you things are ok. Jubilee clips, some fuel pipe and some copper pipe to make a bridge will do it or a primer bulb and pipe from a MK 11 might do.

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Post by mat_fenwick » Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:02 pm

Or even simpler - next time you're up here or I'm down there we can rig up a gravity feed and eliminate the entire fuel system.
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Post by Mothman » Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:05 pm

Actually Mat, i was just thinking that too.

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Post by Dollywobbler » Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:49 am

Well, I tried rigging up a clear pipe, but it soon became apparent that the section of pipe I had was not up to it. I had a peek down the back of the engine, but became horrified by the lack of space.

I'm not convinced that the filter head is to blame. I would have thought that if that had a leak, the bulb wouldn't prime up as it'd be leaking air. I have no firm conclusions though.

A quick test drive revealed that driving normally, the engine runs fine. Very sweetly in fact. Come to a hill and try to climb it with high revs and the fuel starvation feel kicks in. It doesn't misfire in the typical sense, the power just ebbs away as if you've lifted off the throttle. It surges somewhat as if suddenly getting a dose of fuel.

I'm not sure what to do next. Got any plans next weekend Mr Fenwick?!

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Post by Dollywobbler » Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:55 pm

Oh dear. Changed the filter housing but now I'm struggling to get it to run properly. The primer now won't go hard and there's lots of misfiring and a general lack of power. Go me! Time for tea...

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Post by Mothman » Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:55 pm

I reccon thats your problem, good luck finding a replacement.

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Post by Dollywobbler » Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:21 pm

Would this do the job anyone?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CITROEN-PEUGE ... 0619599557

Looks different, but I don't care what it looks like as long as it works!

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Post by Mothman » Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:03 pm

As long as the input and output pipes are the same as your original one then it might. Sophie's were of 2 different sizes. Also, you have to make sure the filter cover attaches itself to the primer head the same way as your original.If any of these things are wrong then it wont work. Ime told the one off a diesel Ford Escort will work, but you will need the pipe attachments that go with it to attach to your existing fuel pipes so that these can be screwed onto the unit.
First piccy is the original top, 2nd, the replacement. Looking at the one you have found, i can now see it wont do. I got mine from a local motor factor who took quite a while to get it. Did see one one feebay a few weeks ago, went for about 23 quid i seem to remember.

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