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I seemed to have lost the "turbo" that gets me up the hils where I live. I recently had a timing belt change and get regular maitenance every 10,000K. Also I have had an undiagnosed "shuddering" for the past year since I had new tires (Michelin Harmony) put on. Neither my mechanic, a Volkswagon specialist, nor a tire specialist could figure out the problem. Would you know?

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If it's a TDI, then your intake is probably clogged. If it's a 1.8, then check your turbo hoses to make sure they are all connected. Check Dirverter Valve.

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