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Poor starting / white smoke

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Amchlolor, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. Amchlolor
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    My POS (work it out,the first word is 'piece'...) has been a bit of a recalcitrant starter for a while.
    This morning took the biscuit though.
    Turning over and over,then loads of white smoke when it did fire up.
    Tres embarrassing.
    The wife even phoned me as I drove off,asking if it was alright.

    I'm obviously going to put it in,but anyone know what causes it ?
    Just for my own curiosity.
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    Usually water getting into the engine and coming out as steam, caused by headgasket failure, check the header tank for signs of oil and water mixing. Also if its light grey in colour it could possibly be the signs of the turbo being on its way out.
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    I have noticed a drop in low down power in the car.
    I did wonder if there was a lack of compression or a turbo problem.
    I'll check the water thing,ta.
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    check the hoses as well, sometimes they split and power drops off
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    I can't begin to imagine how much abuse that poor diesel gets bowf. Poor thing. It didn't ask to be born with DSG.... ;)
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    [Aug 25, 2006]
    If it was a dog,the RSPCA would have taken it off me by now.
    'No Fear' do a t-shirt that says "ride it like you stole it"
    My version is "drive it like you hate it"
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    [Aug 28, 2006]
    Bowfer - you need a T Shirt that says "Park it like you want it stolen"!
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