engine idles like a diesel

BX Tech talk
User avatar
Posts: 467
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:52 pm
x 11

engine idles like a diesel

Post by greendale65 »

Ok. Yes I love my bx 16v what it is I don't know, something about these cars anyway
can someone tell me why the car idles like a diesel and sometimes when in traffic idles
high don't use no oil or water would it be filters need changing. Alan :? :?

User avatar
Over 2k
Posts: 7279
Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2006 3:15 pm
Location: RCoBerkshire
x 2

Re: engine idles like a diesel

Post by Way2go »

Idling like a diesel - don't know about that, could it be hydraulic pump clatter maybe because of a low accumulator sphere? :?

High idle is likely because of a sticking second throttle butterfly. This should close completely under it's independent spring pressure - if it doesn't, an application of 3in1 oil is a good place to start. :)
1991 BX19GTi Auto

Over 2k
Posts: 2214
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:54 pm
Location: South Lincs
My Cars: 65 Peugeot Boxer van 160k
Ven red tzd turbo 294k it will live again
Nissan Micra K13 the wife's run around
x 58

Re: engine idles like a diesel

Post by rutter123 »

ive been having idling probs with my gti 8v, best to start with the breathers and check every single one very carefully as i found out, any slight air leak after the airflow meter will upset pretty much everything moreso idle and low rpm's.
90 BX Tzd turbo 294k SORN undergoing major surgery
90 BX Tzd turbo estate 46k awaiting surgery
65 Peugeot Boxer Van the new workhorse
52 Toyota Rav4 180k Bulletproof Jap reliability

User avatar
Mike P
Posts: 459
Joined: Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:15 pm
Location: Leicester

Re: engine idles like a diesel

Post by Mike P »

These 16V engines are known for not being quiet at idle :D

You could have a noisy lifter that would make it sound tapperty like a diesel.

Regarding the idle, check the idle speed control valve / auxillary air valve. These do fail and are available from motor factors.

I would first of all check that the throttle position switch is making when the car is at idle and with no throttle applied. Do this by having the car running and the bonnet open, rev the car slightly by turning the cam on the throttle body where the cable connnects. Then turn it back to the idle position and you should hear an audible click from the TPS. Try a few times, if it doesn't click, try pushing the actuator a bit until it does click. This just means that you have to make a tiny adjustment on the throttle body, remember that these cars are over 20 years old now and parts will be starting to wear and clearances etc opening up.

I had to do this on one of my 16v's last year, it was driving me crazy with it's erratic idle and has been as good as gold since.

Otherwise, as others have already said, check all hoses and connections for air leaks and splits. All the hoses on the front of the engine are easy to take off and check, a main culprit can be the large hose between the airbox and the inlet manifold.

An oil and filter change is always a good think to do anyway.


Mike P
"F" White Phase 1 16V: 62K miles & seen on TV
"E" Grey Phase 1 16V: Long term project in bits

Over 2k
Posts: 5901
Joined: Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:02 pm
Location: Harwood, Bolton
My Cars: Citroen BX MK1 Break.
Land Rover Discovery Series 1 200tdi 3 door
Land Rover Discovery Series 2 Facelift TD5
x 25

Re: engine idles like a diesel

Post by Defender110 »

"Engine idles like a diesel" so it's ticking like a Cartier then :wink: :D
1987 Citroen BX MK1 diesel estate.(Currently in dry storage)
1997 Mercedes C230 W202 - daily driver.
2010 BMW X1 SE 2.0D Auto - Her indoors daily driver.
2003 Land Rover Discovery Series 2 Facelift TD5 - Daily driver / hobby days and camping.
1993 Land Rover Discovery 200tdi Series 1 3 door - in need of TLC