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Date:         Wed, 14 Oct 2009 14:14:49 -0400
Reply-To:     Greg S <sorkilmo@GMAIL.COM>
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From:         Greg S <sorkilmo@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Thirsty motor with low power to 2,500 rpms. What's up?
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Re: the engine bogs at low rpm. One thing I notice is that you didn't mention checking your AFM carbon track. The track gets most wear right at the start of its travel and can apparently cause the sluggish performance below 2000 rpm. Not sure it would affect your fuel consumption.

Best Greg S. 87' Wolfsburg Hardtop Ottawa ON

On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 7:34 AM, Greg Potts <> wrote:

> Hi Volks, > > I now have about 1000 miles on the replacement engine in my Vanagon. > It's running smoothly, but is not making as much power as I'd like. If I > wind it out before easing out the clutch it almost drives like a normal > van, but it's also getting only about 200 miles to a tank of fuel, so I > suspect something strange is going on. It idles well but bogs when you > start rolling if you drive it normally. > > It's a 1.9 running later model FI and cooling in a 1987 chassis. The FI > and cooling parts came off the previous engine after it was severely > messed up by a thermostat failure. The replacement engine is a low-miles > VW of Canada reman which just needed its head gaskets replaced when the > PO dumped it in favour of a zetec. Compression was checked after the new > gaskets were installed and reads at 185/185/170/175. Lifters were > initially an issue but they have been readjusted and are now much > quieter. (read: silent). > > Timing is adjusted. Distributor and wires are new. O2 sensor is > installed. The Ken Lewis O2 sensor widget shows the ECU is correcting > the mixture. Frank Condelli helped set up the throttle position sensor > at a recent VW get-together at Bon Echo Provincial Park so I know that's > working. > > Happy Trails, > > Greg Potts > 1973/74/79 Westfakia "Bob the Tomato" > 1987 Wolfsburg Weekender Hardtop > > >

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