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  1. Problem with Mazda Astina Idling and Cut out

    Ok, i'll see if someone can check that. In your opinion, you don't think it could be the Idle Up valve? this was apparently "The thing that is broken" which costs a hell of a lot of money and which the mechanic says' he won't fix.
  2. Hi guys, I bought a 1996 Mazda Astina 180SE in August 2005. Maybe not the best deal, but in South Africa cars are expensive. Here's the deal. 1. The car was tuned and had a major service before I went on a long trip. The car went perfectly. The idling was sitting at 800rpm, was a bit sluggish but car never had problems with stalling etc. 2. Went on a long trip 4000Kms, and when I got back the car was smoking heavily. 3. Took it into a mechanic who said the motor needs to be rebored and overhauled. 4. After reboring and overhauling the entire engine the car now idles at 1500rpm and goes up and down between 1000rpm and 2300rpm. 5. After 15 minutes of driving, if I stop the car, when I start the car again, it won't take. There's smoke and a lot of petrol smell. After 5 minutes of trying to start the car, it will finally take. 6. Driving on the highway at 120Km/h, the card will jerk like there's no petrol, when I lift off accelerator and go back on it seems to get the petrol back. My qeuestion is, what could cause the idling problem. Obviously this is using a LOT of petrol and it means everytime I sit at a traffic light, people think I want to race because it keeps revving by itself between 1000 and 2000rpm. The other thing is the stalling and unable to start the car. Is that a fuel pump issue? If it worked fine before, then the engine is rebuilt, and it comes back with these 2 major issues, what could cause it? Crap mechanic? He says his job is done, and these other problems are bad electrics. But THEY WERE WORKING BEFORE YOU TOUCHED THE ENGINE!! Any ideas?. Anyone know what an Idle Up valve is and could it cause the problem? Thanks a lot! Chris Gonna be if this car keeps giving me crap.
  3. 1996 Mazda Astina smoking HELP

    Hi everyone, I used to own a VW golf 1987 GTi 1.8 16V but it was stolen. The thing for living in South Africa I suppose. Anyway, I bought myself a 1996 Mazda Astina 180SE with 160 000Km on the clock. Drives like a dream, nothing wrong inside or outside. My problem is I just had someone tell me that it smokes out the exhaust. Now, I checked this and it does when I rev it to around 4000RPM. so I assume, whenever I pull off, it starts to smoke. The exhaust is black on the inside as well, even after driving on the freeway for 30 minutes. My friend says the engine needs to be replaced? But I cannot figure that a Mazda engine with only 160 000Km on it would need to be replaced! So, with the wealth of knowledge on these forums, i'm sure someone could explain the problem and give a solution. Thanks a lot! Chris
  4. Golf MKII Computer Offline

    Hi, My buddy says it's a battery behind the dashboard that powers the display. All I have to do is replace it? Could that be all it is, an old battery. I would have through it would have gotten it's power from the battery of the car or something. Can someone confirm that? Thanks chris
  5. Golf MKII Computer Offline

    Hey, This is a 1987 1.8 16V GTi. I would assume that the CPU is different to your MKIII? I found that the battery was moving around, could it have possibly bumped into something that caused this? Is there another fuse for all the other things? thanks Chris
  6. MKII GTi 1.8 16V Computer offline

    Hi, I moved this question over to the "Technical" forum. However, wouldn't mind seeing how the poll goes. As far as all the Car magazines/TV shows state here in S.A. (and we just had it come out a week ago), it seems to be one of the best. ciao Chris
  7. Golf MKII Computer Offline

    Hi everyone, Recently my "Computer" on my Golf gave up the ghost. This is the computer that gives mileage, engine temp., time travelled, etc. It worked in the morning, and 7 hours later, when I got back in the car it just read 00:00. Not flashing, just that. Pushing the button to cycle through the options does nothing. I removed the fuse and replaced, but still nothing will make it budge. Any ideas where I can look to fix this? Thanks a lot, Chris
  8. Hi everyone, Recently my "Computer" on my Golf gave up the ghost. This is the computer that gives mileage, engine temp., time travelled, etc. It worked in the morning, and 7 hours later, when I got back in the car it just read 00:00. Not flashing, just that. Pushing the button to cycle through the options does nothing. I removed the fuse and replaced, but still nothing will make it budge. Any ideas where I can look to fix this? Thanks a lot, Chris
  9. Hi, I've had my clutch fixed around 3 months ago (new cable, clutch plate etc.) Recently the clutch peddle has started to stick. When pushing in to change gears, it squeaks and gets stuck to the back. After kicking it, it will come loose and engage gear. Highly frustrating and dangerous to say the least. I rummaged around with the peddle, and a rubber piece came off. Looks like a U. I think it fell off the clutch peddle but I cannot seem to understand what possible reason it could be there for. Is there anything I can adjust, change to stop this happening. Anyone know the actual mechanics of whats happening to that peddle, and what it might be rubbing against to cause this. Or is it somewhere else? Any comments would be much appreciated. Thanks a lot, Chris
  10. Hi all, Is there a site or a page somewhere I can see how all the Golf GTi's compare to each other on acceleration/top speed/etc? From the earliest model to the latest Golf 5. It's just something I'm interested in seeing how the Golfs have progressed over time. Thanks a lot, Chris
  11. Hi guys, I've got another little thing now I need to look at and owing to the awesome help I got from my previous post, I figured someone here might be able to help me. I've got a 1987 MkII Golf GTi 1.8l 16V. At the moment I don't have any reverse lights. The fuse is blown and keeps blowing whenever I put the car into reverse. I've put in a bigger fuse as well to see but that blows as well. I can have the car in reverse, then put in the fuse, and it stays on. When I drop it out of gear and put it back into reverse, the fuse blows. I've heard there is a switch somewhere that is being pushed when you put it into reverse, but I cannot understand why that would blow the fuse. Any ideas? Thanks Chris
  12. 1987 GTi 1.8 16V stalling - Fuel Pump?

    Hey there. Guess what. It was the Rotor Arm!!! Sweet stuff. Thanks a lot. The thing had ripped to pieces somehow. Not driving too fast I hope. Thanks a lot, you saved me a lot of cash.!! Chris
  13. 1987 GTi 1.8 16V stalling - Fuel Pump?

    Hey again, I replaced the Oil around 1 month ago, full on service from top to bottom. I always put in the best oil I can get. When I say a cloud, maybe I was a bit over the top. It did spit out black smoke after the backfire, but not to the degre I think I stated before. We'll check the rotor arm, and replace the fuel pump tonight. that's the plan. Will see what that comes up with. If it doesn't work, i'll put it back into the garage to sort. Hopefully won't cost both arms and 1 and half legs.. thanks Chris
  14. 1987 GTi 1.8 16V stalling - Fuel Pump?

    Hey, Thanks for that. We'll be trying that out tonight. Another thing I forgot to mention, we were busy trying to start the car and it backfired a crap load of black smoke. Does that make this problem lean more towards the fuel pump or the Rotor Arm? Cheers, will let you know what happens tomorrow morning. ciao C
  15. Hi guys, I recently started having an issue with my GTi. Around 5 days ago, it seemed that the car was slightly misfiring. I checked the HT leads, and found one was slightly out, but barely, so I figured that might have fixed it. It did for a couple of hours but it started misfiring again. I got it outside my house when all of a sudden the car just died. I turned it on, it would idle, and when I touch the accelerator, it would die. I could get it to 4000Rpm, and it would again just lose all power and die. The Fuel Pump on the back right has always been quite noisy, and it seems to be a lot more loud. My friend has an idea that the car can idle no problem, but when there is some gas required, the Fuel Pump is not supplying the fuel and so it cuts out. Can anyone confirm this is correct, or should I look elsewhere in the car? Thanks a lot, Chris