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Ford escort 1.8 td

I have a sweet 1.8 td escort. with only 60,000 miles.
the turbo is not kicking in and the r.p.m will not go over 4,500.
whats wrong with the turbo, and how can it be fixed
many thanks

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  • wallstone May 23, 2008

    by the way its s registation

  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2008

    Escort Turbo Diesel 1800cc LX 1988-89. S Reg
    The engine is running uneven and the Turbo does not kick in.

  • alan246 Nov 23, 2008

    Ford escort turbo diesel 1800 LX S reg 1988-89
    the engine runs uneven and the turbo won't kick in

  • alan246 Nov 23, 2008

    Sorry it's alan246 here i meant 1998-99



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Remove the hose at the intake on the turbo and see that it turns freely with no sideways movement. If that checks out ok, then see that the air filter is clean. At the air filter also check the intake is free of any debre. Most times if a turbo is not working propperly oil will leak causing the car to smoke. Frankster016

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