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Reduced power when driving Mk4 Golf TDI

Golf Mk 4 2000 TDI. i have had the wastegate replaced 14 months ago and the air mass meter about 9 months ago. i am having reduced power again and the car is reading wastegate again. Turning the engine off and on again somtimes clears the problem, what is going on? Is this common and is there anything else that might need attention? Thanks

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  • ramsden123 Feb 20, 2009

    the fault code is
    17964 could this been anything to do with the cat?



    Thanks again.

  • ramsden123 Feb 25, 2009

    Thanks the car is going to the garage at the end of the week i will get them to look at what you said. I have driven the car all weekend with no problems weird!

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    Problem with my 2006 VW TDI turbo actuator (TDI Wastegate electronic controller regulator vacuum valve)

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Common faults for your symptoms are n75 valve open or short circuit or vains sticking in turbo giving an overboost fault,get the code and i will tell you whats causing it

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  • colin white Feb 20, 2009

    that means control pressure negative deviation,your problem is either the n75 valve sticking(which i dont think is)or a split in the small vac pipes you must check them very carefully.it aint a turbo problem or you would be getting an overboost fault code as they fail in that position,its nothing to do with the cat.

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