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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 4:18 pm 
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Lots of codes.....
Swirl pressure, lower than expected air mass pressure.....
Cleared and still seemingly running without a turbo.
Flap actuator working ok, so ordered the new bar, old one was lying there.....
Ordered a new MAF as well.

Worth a try.

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 7:54 pm 
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Update:
After being told the car was “probably” beyond economical repair, I scratched my head a wee while, looked at lease cars, scratched my head a wee bit more, then ordered a swirl flap bar repair kit, the brass ones.
Cleaned the MAP as it was reasonably gunked up. Ran the car with my laptop reading via the ODBII port, MAF readings were seemingly normal, manifold pressure within norms, all other reading seemed ok.
Fitted the repair kit, cleaned the plastic area around each flap and sprayed some silicone to keep them moving well.
I’ve just taken it for a 30 min drive, dual carriage way etc. And.......full boost! Pulls really well.
Not 100% convinced yet, so will take it on an extended motorway run tomorrow.

Fingers crossed....

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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 6:11 am 
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Let us know how you get on. When I realised my swirl flap bar was just sitting there, I toiled with the idea of getting the repair kit you mentioned, but decided to go down the route of getting them blanked off.

How easy was it to fit? Will be interesting to see whether the repair remains in situ as it should. No doubt you'll be checking it every so often.


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 6:33 am 
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I will be leaving the engine cover off for a while now. The brass connectors have a small rubber gasket built in, so connect tightly to the “bulbs” on the flaps. It sits tightly on the four, no wobble or movement like the plastic versions.
I did this on my last 9-3 and it lasted for over 40k without anymore trouble.
Considered the flap delete as well, it’s just the fuel pump work around that puts me off removing the manifold.

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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 6:38 am 
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In answer to how easy, takes 20 mins to hacksaw the plastic connectors off, they are so brittle after the heat of the engine. New ones fit into the original holes, small Allen key to tighten them in.
The hardest part is offering the bar back up to the manifold. Line the flaps on cylinders 1, 2 and 4 with the position of cylinder 3. I use a coat hanger wire and create a small hook on one end, this fits through the centre hole of the bar. Using this is offer it up to the connectors and then press down with a large flat blade screwdriver.
Check each one is secure and then start up. Monitor the first cycle of movement to check the security of the fittings.

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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 4:52 am 
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 6:58 am 
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Thanks for asking James.
Local driving so far, and it feels great, picks up really well and drives as it should.
Doing a run to Shropshire in an hour or so, M6/M54/A5, so time to see how the works under load and heat.

If it were a terminal fault, as was prescribed by the garage, I’m convinced it would still be running badly. So I’m hopeful.

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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 3:35 pm 
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Well, so far so good.
120 miles today, booted it, took it slow, high revs, laboured in high gear....tried all the possible engine load scenarios and it feels good.
No hesitation or lacking in power. Fuel economy is as it should be.

I’m doing the Uni run for my eldest on Sunday, Midlands to Bath to Devon and then back. I will be happy when I get home after that run.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:37 pm 
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Swirl flap bar still firmly in place after 300 miles and a week. Hooked the ODB2 and laptop up and the MAP readings are consistent and as expected.

Big run on Sunday to finally test it, 450 miles, if it is still running well after this I am a very happy bunny indeed.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:23 pm 
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I’ve certainly given the car a good test today, and all seems well.
Fully loaded with two grown up sons and all of the contents of the eldest son’s uni room.
A proper test then.
Hopefully that’s the issue sorted for now. Still slightly paranoid and listening out for imaginary stutters or flat spots, but I’m just being overly worried.
Fingers crossed the old girl lives for a while longer.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:42 pm 
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See what I mean about fully loaded?!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:58 pm 
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I've just put £90.38 worth of diesel in the car. Ouch. 68.09 litres of the stuff, no wonder the car was demanding "Refuel Now" on the way over to the Shell garage. 72 litre tank, so I was ok for a while, probably.....

Oddly, the car sits on the drive and has a slight rear down slope. so probably making the gauge read slightly under. But when I went to start the car (before going to the garage) I let the glow plug light go out, then listened to the fuel pump. It sounded really sluggish, like it was struggling to find and pressure. The car then turned over for a good few seconds before firing into life. I'm hoping this was a lack of fuel issue rather than a failing pump.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:43 am 
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I've also heard my pump like that when close to empty. As a general rule I try not to run the tank too empty because I don't want to ever damage the pump by inadvertently running out of fuel - I know not relevant to this, but I've heard it said that on the petrol 9-5s, the fuel helps to keep the pump "flower pot" cool, so constantly running it on fumes can catalyse the failure process.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:03 pm 
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It has been fine today, so must have been a pressure and low fuel issue.
Nearly four litres left in there, loads left....maybe. I don’t usually leave it until the car demands to be refuelled, and certainly won’t again!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:46 pm 
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Amazing what paying so much for fuel can do to my right foot...

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The upgraded swirl flap bar has also added to the better fuel economy.

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