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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Loss of Power Due to Oil and Carbon Build Up in Intake Manifold

 
Volkswagen Jetta TDI Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012

Engines Affected: 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo

Average Mileage: 128,605 mi (60,000 mi - 251,873 mi)

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Oil and carbon tend to build up, creating restrictions in the intake manifold. Symptoms will be loss of power (sometimes severe) and poor fuel economy.

  • Visitor, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 145,000 mi

    engine refused to start at 74000, and 140,00 miles dealer said clogged egr and intake manifold, required cleaning on first one, required replacement of egr and intake on second job and several thousand dollars later and 5000 miles it is going again.

    Avoid vw diesels!!!!!

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  • Visitor, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 100,003 mi

    sounds like air sucking when shifting, lots of exhaust smoke,fuel use.

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  • Visitor, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo

    Intake was almost completely closed off!

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  • Visitor, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 60,000 mi

    loss of power- check engine light comes. Problem happende in 2009 and has reoccured at end of 2011. Mechanic found carbon build-up in intake manifold.

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 65,000 mi

    EGR valve had an electrical short within the EGR valve. Needed engineers from home office to locate the problem. The fix replace valve. Now at 80000 miles service, vaccuume hose leak causing power loss and possible intake manifold replacement.

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  • Visitor, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 109,000 mi

    Engine light came on. Dealer diagnosed that the Intake Flap Motor needs to be replaced, and they want $690 for the part! There was a recall (actually a "Required Vehicle Update") that replaces this part free of charge for regular gas vehicles, but not for the TDI (diesel vehicles). Doesn't make sense to me. Obviously, they have the same problem with the diesel cars.

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  • Visitor, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 251,873 mi

    Car was hard to start and would cut off 3 or 4 times before it would run. Rough idle even when warm. Replaced injectors and EGR cooling tubes several times. Cleaned intake and now all is good. Also replacing tandem pump for good measure as it is leaking oil significantly.

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  • Visitor, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 222,000 mi

    I have EGR issues. This is the fourth time. The VW shop said that the carbon build up in the manifold is what causing the smell in the interior of the car and also the reduced feul milage as well as power reduction.

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  • Visitor, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 125,000 mi

    Build up of carbon was so great that when starting the engine, the noise mimiked a bag of rocks being moved around. After a week in the shop, the mechanic said there was just build up and there was no way to prevent this from happening again.

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  • jetta lover, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 124,000 mi
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    Lost power after accerlating at signal light...pistons blew.aaaaarrrggghh 4,000 to put in old but same mileage engine.Jetta diesel wagon 2003/04

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