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Problems with diesel

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Problems with diesel

Post Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:33 pm

Hubby drove his landrover over here which has a diesel engine. After 3 months (he has done quite a bit of driving), his engine is spluttering and dying. When he takes it into a garage, all filters need to be replaced as they are clogged up. He was advised this needs to be done frequently as the diesel is not the same quality as it is back in UK.

After all filters replaced, he still has problems so has to find a diagnostic centre in Varna. Whilst he is waiting at that garage, there is a queue of all posh cars - can't you tell I don't know my cars! The diagnostic comes up with the fact that 2 of the 4 injectors need replacing, they have become too clogged up.

He has now been told to use only Shell garages or LUK garages as they have 'cleaner' fuel.

Anyone else had problems?

 

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Re: Problems with diesel

Post Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:09 pm

Only use Shell, we have mercedes vito travellers which we use for our airport collections they are all diesel, when we purchased them mercedes told us only to use Shell if no Shell garages around then use LUK we have not had a problem with them but it is worth a little longer drive to a shell garage then keep having the filters changed.


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Re: Problems with diesel

Post Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:01 pm

I have a diesel car and i put a bottle of redex injector cleaner in a tank of diesel every 2 months This should keep your injectors much cleaner. It is also worthwhile to be choosey about what garage you use too. You can buy this stuff at the garage or even in Billa.

 

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Re: Problems with diesel

Post Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:37 pm

Mercedes told us when we purchased the vehicles that if we did not use a high grade diesel then it would affect our warrenty. So would suggest that it is worth looking for a Shell or Luk station as it will save you quite a lot of money in the long run


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Re: Problems with diesel

Post Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:01 pm

ITs a different story altogether FLETCH when your driving across Europe Shell stations are not in abundance. so you take what evr your fuel guage allows you to get to. This was the the case in point with myself and PIP.

 

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Re: Problems with diesel

Post Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:10 pm

Fully agree with SASKIA7 that in some counytries when driving across Europe certain garages are hard to find, but my impression of the posting by pip was
After 3 months (he has done quite a bit of driving), his engine is spluttering and dying. When he takes it into a garage, all filters need to be replaced as they are clogged up. He was advised this needs to be done frequently as the diesel is not the same quality as it is back in UK. I read this as most of the problem had happened while in Bulgaria, regarding my postings they were all referring to obtaining diesel in Bulgaria not when driving across Europe.


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Re: Problems with diesel

Post Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:56 am

A local mate recently offered a Bulgarian remedy for smoky diesels. You fill the fuel filter bowl with a paint thinner called ГАЗ and run the engine. Apparently it cleans the mucky bits and does no harm. I can't vouch for this remedy myself as it is inappropriate to my Aston Martin but I am sure it was not suggested as a joke. Perhaps someone could check the idea with their friendly mechanic?


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