MY ENGINE RUNS SMOOTHLY, BUT IT IS REALLY WEAK.

  • Tiny
  • lachwhistle
  • 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit
  • 283 miles

I drive a 1981 vw rabbit truck (diesel). The truck has been running fine for 8 months.

However, when I took her out today, the engine was very, very weak.
I had trouble getting out of my steep driveway, which normally is no problem.

The truck still feels smooth, but when I reached the peak point of a gear today, it was noticeably weaker than the day before. I live in a hilly area, and normally I can get up hills no problem, using 2nd gear sometimes on the really steep parts.

Today I had to cruise very slowly in 1st gear to get up the hills. It was like riding a lawn mower.

Any ideas on the problem? I recently rebuilt this truck
(new (used) engine, radiator, etc.) So I would like to try and fix the problem myself.

Sunday, May 6th, 2012 AT 11:58 PM

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  • Tiny
  • fixitmr
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Check your throttle linkage.

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Monday, May 7th, 2012 AT 12:04 AM
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  • rivermikerat
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Do you smell anything abnormal? What happens if you get going in first and shift into third or fourth? Try disconnecting the catalytic converter and see if that makes any difference.

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Monday, May 7th, 2012 AT 12:06 AM
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  • ASEMaster6371
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Could also be timing from the injector pump. Remove the covers and verify the timing marks.

Roy

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Monday, May 7th, 2012 AT 2:50 AM

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