VW Transporter trouble

Submitted: Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 15:44
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G'day folks,

My mate's got a 1988 VW Transporter 3sp Auto and he's having some trouble with the engine cutting out. I followed him from the mechanics today and noticed that every time the engine loses power (cuts out) is smokes like hell. Like a burning oil smell. This happens intermittently. So he has to pull over, rev her up a bit, then keep on going. It can go great for a long time, no smoke, or it can cut out every 5 mins. The mechanic diagnosed the problem as being a blocked catalytic converter, but fixing this made no difference. In fact it's only become worse. Can't give you the mileage as the clock only goes up to 99,999 km. Past that, who knows. Any thoughts?

Thanks guys.
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Reply By: furph - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:11

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:11
Today I threw 3 VW manuals into the recycle bin!!!
Read your post and dug them out again.
2 are more car based, the other is a VW publication specifically for the "Kombi" type vehicle.
So whilst I cant help with your mates problem, if he wants these manuals they are his for the postage cost.
cheers furph.
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Reply By: Member - BUNDY BOY (WA) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:23

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:23
My mate's got a 1988 VW Transporter 3sp Auto............well theres the problem..........................
Sorry couldnt help myself....Bundy
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 17:21

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 17:21
1988 is "wasser" cooled , and I am more into air cooled.

There are a few forums on the web that might be able to help.

Try the aussie vwwatercooled forum.

VW WC forum link
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 17:23

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 17:23
Oops, sorry, try this link

VW link
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Reply By: Roughasguts - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 19:00

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 19:00
Give her a compression test.

I'm guessing a burnt out valve, My Cordia Turbo did the same just before it died. I blame the Lead replacement petrol doing the damage to valves and seats.

It can clear up as the valve turns and seats a little better, but that won't last long as the damage is done.

Cheers
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