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Old 04-01-2005, 15:01   #1 (permalink)
Neil Williams
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New poster - and a bit of help...

Hi all,

I've been lurking for a bit, but now it's time for my first post
(though perhaps not in the best of circumstances)...

About 2 months ago I bought a 1983 Series 3 SWB 2.25 diesel.
Generally it has been a good runner, except for a bit of what I
suspect to be timing chain noise which was down on my list to be dealt
with.

Yesterday I was going down a dual carriageway at about 50mph (with
overdrive, so not stupidly high revs). Suddenly, I lost power and the
Landy started kicking out a lot of thick black smoke from the exhaust
(previously there was very little smoke except for a bit of unburnt
diesel on a cold start). Lifting off the accelerator more or less got
rid of the smoke, but to be safe I cut the engine and coasted into a
lay by.

Once in the layby I tried restarting the engine, which was successful
except for that it misfired and smoked badly on the slightest use of
the accelerator, and it revved itself slightly on startup but not
after that, probably due to a quantity of unburnt diesel remaining in
the cylinders. It seemed to idle more or less OK if slightly rough.
In the end I got home care of the RAC rather than to risk doing any
more damage.

So, before I start ripping things to bits tomorrow and ordering parts,
does anyone have any idea what could be the cause of this? Could the
timing chain (already noisy) have stretched or jumped and put the
timing slightly out[1], or is it more likely to be a head gasket
failure, burnt/otherwise damaged valve(s) or cracked piston? (I
didn't open the radiator, and the engine didn't seem unduly hot[2],
also there was no loss of engine oil so it can't have been burning any
quantity of that).

[1] I'm aware that it is an interference design, but is one tooth
enough to cause bent valves etc, given that the engine still runs
(just about)? I would suspect not, but could of course be wrong...

[2] I'm not convinced of the accuracy, or otherwise, of the
temperature gauge.

Thanks

Neil

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Old 04-02-2005, 03:01   #2 (permalink)
JD
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Re: New poster - and a bit of help...

Neil Williams wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I've been lurking for a bit, but now it's time for my first post
> (though perhaps not in the best of circumstances)...
>
> About 2 months ago I bought a 1983 Series 3 SWB 2.25 diesel.
> Generally it has been a good runner, except for a bit of what I
> suspect to be timing chain noise which was down on my list to be dealt
> with.
>
> Yesterday I was going down a dual carriageway at about 50mph (with
> overdrive, so not stupidly high revs). Suddenly, I lost power and the
> Landy started kicking out a lot of thick black smoke from the exhaust
> (previously there was very little smoke except for a bit of unburnt
> diesel on a cold start). Lifting off the accelerator more or less got
> rid of the smoke, but to be safe I cut the engine and coasted into a
> lay by.
>
> Once in the layby I tried restarting the engine, which was successful
> except for that it misfired and smoked badly on the slightest use of
> the accelerator, and it revved itself slightly on startup but not
> after that, probably due to a quantity of unburnt diesel remaining in
> the cylinders. It seemed to idle more or less OK if slightly rough.
> In the end I got home care of the RAC rather than to risk doing any
> more damage.
>
> So, before I start ripping things to bits tomorrow and ordering parts,
> does anyone have any idea what could be the cause of this? Could the
> timing chain (already noisy) have stretched or jumped and put the
> timing slightly out[1], or is it more likely to be a head gasket
> failure, burnt/otherwise damaged valve(s) or cracked piston? (I
> didn't open the radiator, and the engine didn't seem unduly hot[2],
> also there was no loss of engine oil so it can't have been burning any
> quantity of that).
>
> [1] I'm aware that it is an interference design, but is one tooth
> enough to cause bent valves etc, given that the engine still runs
> (just about)? I would suspect not, but could of course be wrong...
>
> [2] I'm not convinced of the accuracy, or otherwise, of the
> temperature gauge.
>
> Thanks
>
> Neil
>


It does sound like the timing has skipped a tooth - and I think it can run
without interference one tooth out. It is something that has happened
suddenly, so this makes it a likely answer. The only other likely thing I
can think of is damage to one or more injectors or the pump due to dirty
fuel or water in the fuel. Catastrophic damage to one cylinder is (dropped
valve, broken piston, serious compression leak etc), I suppose, a
possibility, but if this is the case I think you would commenting on
missing while idling.
JD
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Old 04-02-2005, 07:02   #3 (permalink)
beamendsltd
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Re: New poster - and a bit of help...

In message <424e7753@dnews.tpgi.com.au>
JD <jjd@SPAMLESS.com.au> wrote:

> Neil Williams wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I've been lurking for a bit, but now it's time for my first post
> > (though perhaps not in the best of circumstances)...
> >
> > About 2 months ago I bought a 1983 Series 3 SWB 2.25 diesel.
> > Generally it has been a good runner, except for a bit of what I
> > suspect to be timing chain noise which was down on my list to be dealt
> > with.
> >
> > Yesterday I was going down a dual carriageway at about 50mph (with
> > overdrive, so not stupidly high revs). Suddenly, I lost power and the
> > Landy started kicking out a lot of thick black smoke from the exhaust
> > (previously there was very little smoke except for a bit of unburnt
> > diesel on a cold start). Lifting off the accelerator more or less got
> > rid of the smoke, but to be safe I cut the engine and coasted into a
> > lay by.
> >
> > Once in the layby I tried restarting the engine, which was successful
> > except for that it misfired and smoked badly on the slightest use of
> > the accelerator, and it revved itself slightly on startup but not
> > after that, probably due to a quantity of unburnt diesel remaining in
> > the cylinders. It seemed to idle more or less OK if slightly rough.
> > In the end I got home care of the RAC rather than to risk doing any
> > more damage.
> >
> > So, before I start ripping things to bits tomorrow and ordering parts,
> > does anyone have any idea what could be the cause of this? Could the
> > timing chain (already noisy) have stretched or jumped and put the
> > timing slightly out[1], or is it more likely to be a head gasket
> > failure, burnt/otherwise damaged valve(s) or cracked piston? (I
> > didn't open the radiator, and the engine didn't seem unduly hot[2],
> > also there was no loss of engine oil so it can't have been burning any
> > quantity of that).
> >
> > [1] I'm aware that it is an interference design, but is one tooth
> > enough to cause bent valves etc, given that the engine still runs
> > (just about)? I would suspect not, but could of course be wrong...
> >
> > [2] I'm not convinced of the accuracy, or otherwise, of the
> > temperature gauge.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Neil
> >

>
> It does sound like the timing has skipped a tooth - and I think it can run
> without interference one tooth out. It is something that has happened
> suddenly, so this makes it a likely answer. The only other likely thing I
> can think of is damage to one or more injectors or the pump due to dirty
> fuel or water in the fuel. Catastrophic damage to one cylinder is (dropped
> valve, broken piston, serious compression leak etc), I suppose, a
> possibility, but if this is the case I think you would commenting on
> missing while idling.
> JD


Or its dropped a hot spot or two....... pen poised to
take that order (well, I have to try, sorry folks!)

Richard
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Old 04-02-2005, 14:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: New poster - and a bit of help...

>
> Yesterday I was going down a dual carriageway at about 50mph (with
> overdrive, so not stupidly high revs). Suddenly, I lost power and the
> Landy started kicking out a lot of thick black smoke from the exhaust
> (previously there was very little smoke except for a bit of unburnt
> diesel on a cold start). Lifting off the accelerator more or less got
> rid of the smoke, but to be safe I cut the engine and coasted into a
> lay by.
>
> Once in the layby I tried restarting the engine, which was successful
> except for that it misfired and smoked badly on the slightest use of
> the accelerator, and it revved itself slightly on startup but not
> after that, probably due to a quantity of unburnt diesel remaining in
> the cylinders. It seemed to idle more or less OK if slightly rough.
> In the end I got home care of the RAC rather than to risk doing any
> more damage.
>
> So, before I start ripping things to bits tomorrow and ordering parts,
> does anyone have any idea what could be the cause of this? Could the
> timing chain (already noisy) have stretched or jumped and put the
> timing slightly out[1],


* My guess is that although it may be a jumped chain, it's not at the top of
my list.

or is it more likely to be a head gasket
> failure, burnt/otherwise damaged valve(s) or cracked piston?


* Don't think it's that either - don't think you'd get such drastic loss of
power - and you'd probably have other symptoms.

(I
> didn't open the radiator, and the engine didn't seem unduly hot[2],
> also there was no loss of engine oil so it can't have been burning any
> quantity of that).
>
> [1] I'm aware that it is an interference design, but is one tooth
> enough to cause bent valves etc, given that the engine still runs
> (just about)? I would suspect not, but could of course be wrong...
>
> [2] I'm not convinced of the accuracy, or otherwise, of the
> temperature gauge.


* My guess is either a duff injector or failure of the diesel pump - I had
very similar symptoms on a Perkins 6 fitted to a Rangie once. It is a guess
though - but if it were mine I'd get the injectors and timing checked first
as they are the cheapest tests to do.

Please do let us know what it turns out to be.
TonyB


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Old 04-03-2005, 17:01   #5 (permalink)
Oily
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"Neil Williams" <wensleydale@pacersplace.org.uk> wrote in message
news:424db4db.6555376@news.freeserve.net...
> Hi all,
>
> I've been lurking for a bit, but now it's time for my first post
> (though perhaps not in the best of circumstances)...
>
> About 2 months ago I bought a 1983 Series 3 SWB 2.25 diesel.
> Generally it has been a good runner, except for a bit of what I
> suspect to be timing chain noise which was down on my list to be dealt
> with.
>
> Yesterday I was going down a dual carriageway at about 50mph (with
> overdrive, so not stupidly high revs). Suddenly, I lost power and the
> Landy started kicking out a lot of thick black smoke from the exhaust
> (previously there was very little smoke except for a bit of unburnt
> diesel on a cold start). Lifting off the accelerator more or less got
> rid of the smoke, but to be safe I cut the engine and coasted into a
> lay by.
>
> Once in the layby I tried restarting the engine, which was successful
> except for that it misfired and smoked badly on the slightest use of
> the accelerator, and it revved itself slightly on startup but not
> after that, probably due to a quantity of unburnt diesel remaining in
> the cylinders. It seemed to idle more or less OK if slightly rough.
> In the end I got home care of the RAC rather than to risk doing any
> more damage.
>
> So, before I start ripping things to bits tomorrow and ordering parts,
> does anyone have any idea what could be the cause of this? Could the
> timing chain (already noisy) have stretched or jumped and put the
> timing slightly out[1], or is it more likely to be a head gasket
> failure, burnt/otherwise damaged valve(s) or cracked piston? (I
> didn't open the radiator, and the engine didn't seem unduly hot[2],
> also there was no loss of engine oil so it can't have been burning any
> quantity of that).
>
> [1] I'm aware that it is an interference design, but is one tooth
> enough to cause bent valves etc, given that the engine still runs
> (just about)? I would suspect not, but could of course be wrong...
>
> [2] I'm not convinced of the accuracy, or otherwise, of the
> temperature gauge.
>
> Thanks
>
> Neil
>
> --
> Neil Williams in Milton Keynes, UK
> When replying please use neil at the above domain
> 'wensleydale' is a spam trap and is not read.


Just a thought, it may be something simple. This model will surely have a
servo fitted, possibly with one of those flaps attached to the inlet
manifold to create the vacuum.
Just check that the control rod for the flap hasn't fallen off or that the
flexible pipe from the air cleaner hasn't collapsed inside because it sounds
like it is starving for air to me. And just checking these points doesn't
cost anything!

Martin.


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