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Thread: New to Me '86 Jetta Turbo Diesel Sedan Issue

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    Default New to Me '86 Jetta Turbo Diesel Sedan Issue

    Hi all,

    I just purchased an 86 Jetta turbo diesel from my neighbor for $800. He rebuilt the engine top to bottom, new injection pump, turbo, clutch, everything. The rings aren't even seated on the engine yet.

    The car starts buts pours white smoke out of the exhaust until it's warm. Smells like unburnt diesel. In my experience with old OM617 Benz diesels this is either an injection pump timing issue or the injectors themselves. He replaced the injector nozzles however, did not have them pop tested or balanced.

    Assuming he timed the pump correctly, I should be looking at injectors correct?

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated!


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    Default Re: New to Me '86 Jetta Turbo Diesel Sedan Issue

    hey curt, this is an old post but I"ll post anyway since hardly anyone replies on this forum.

    I would check the injectors first, do a pop test (it's under 200 for the tester off ebay), and then go from there. look at the timing next

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