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Low power on startup

Whether hot or cold engne has low power on startup. Kicks in reliably at about 2300 RPM. 2002 Jetta TDI, 1.9 L. engine, auto trans. 95,000 mi.

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  • centella Feb 06, 2009

    Another piece to the puzzle is that it will not rev. over 2200 RPM by just pressing the throttle while parked.

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I have the same year TDI. If I recall correctly, with this ALH diesel motors, they are the first VW TDI diesel to have some sort of electronic control with the fuel/throttle. Meaning, there is no line that goes from the gas pedal to the throttle.

I sincerely doubt it would have to do with the timing as that is a constant and not a variable. Lack of power from that wouldn't just be at start up.

I would look first at possible fuel delivery issues. If I come across anyone that may be able to give better advice, I will definitely pass it along.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

  • Allan Apr 06, 2009

    Additional information to what I previously posted:

    Okay, it might be a timing issue with the fuel pump. I was working to correct a timing issue I had with the camshaft and moved the fuel pump. After putting everything back together, the car refused to start. So, my dad and I tore it all down again, lined up the fuel pump where it was supposed to go (I guess I should have used my fuel pump locking pin I have the first time), the car fired right up with now hesitation.

    Please note: this is strictly a guess of what the issue may be. There is an "allowable" amount of misalignment for the fuel pump, but, if it were lined up perfect, then there shouldn't be any fuel delivery issues from the fuel pump aside from the pump itself being bad. I hope this may help.


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There are a few things that you may check but i will not guarantee that they will work. check the throttle cable for any slack or wearing. also try to check the idler.

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