To any tdi owners who run on wvo, please make sure you dilute with a suitable amount of normal derv. One fifth of a tank derv + vwo + minus 15 degrees = snow fail....
Filled tank with veg oil as usual 2 weeks ago on top of the Ł10 of derv to keep the starting sweet. Because of the fact it snowed massive amounts in a short space of time over the weekend I couldnt actiually get to work till thursday which meant the car sat still for 4 consecutive days. On the 4th day about 30 miles into my 60 mile commute the car started loosing power when opening the throttle coupled with stalling, not good. managed to get to work and call the aa for a second opinion - waxing fuel was the diagnosis.
managed to drive home later that night with the car showing simuilar symptoms, when I got home I changed the fuel filter to see if that would help - it didnt and the car wouldnt start as the fuel was totally frozen in the housing.
much messing about with a halogen heater the next day managed to free up the frozen mess enough to get the car started so we set off for a weekend in a s**** hotel we had booked after siphoning the tank and re-filling with derv.
again, 30 miles in trouble struck. The alternator pulley decided it would rather reside in my cooliing fan leaving the serp belt free to jump off the pulley and spin on the alternator shaft causing the battery light tto come on at certain points in the rev range. Didnt make the hotel on night 1:....
decided the best plan of attack was a new alt for Ł180, fitted on sat morning (in the snow again) and got it all back together in time to face the 5 hour to inverness in the snow to make night 2 of our nice relaxing weekend.
I love it when a plan comes together