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Our 1993 Master T35 2.5 diesel camper is just about to have it's 1st mot under our ownership but I'm concerned it might prove a bit too "smoky" to pass.
It's only got 40 odd thou on it so I don't hink wear's a problem - had the tank and lines cleaned out last year and new filter fitted. It's especially bad under load (heavy van when missus has finished packing!). Is ti easy to "turn the wick down" or do we need to call in the specialists?:rolleyes:
 

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I'd start off with trying to take it on a good run first,getting the engine against the governor in second and third gear.This will clear the system out as I suspect it's just a bit clogged up.Make sure the oil and coolant levels are OK and get the engine up to temperature before trying it,though.:)

If that doesn't cure it,then I'd contact a diesel specialist.We have a Lucas Diesel service centre near to us(in Yeovil,Somerset) who are excellent,it might be worth seeing if theres one near you.They offer great advice freely,and really know there stuff if you need to get them to look at it.:)

Good luck and let us know how you get on.:)
 

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Cheers for that. Nearest diesel Specialist is at Blackburn - think they are called 'Walsh & Midgely'- will take it there if it fails on emissions.
Thanks again
 

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Cheers.
When I had the tank drained and line cleaned (fuel was black as pitch before this and caused rough running) i put a bottle of cleaner in the first tankful - it was expensive I know that much (think it was called Forte or suchlike). Doesn't seem to have made any difference though. A freind of mine told me that diesel tanks can get a "fungus" growth in them if not kept full up (and fairly constantly run too)! Reckons once it's there it's a Devil to get rid of too. Any thoughts on this? As you know, we don't run Camper vans like 'White vans' do we?
 

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Hi Forty sounds as if your camper has been lying up for while. Unfortunately steel diesel tanks can attract a lot of water when not used on a regular basis (this is why most people with oil-fired heating use plastic tanks) - that's why diesel engines have a water/filter trap system fitted. If water is left for long periods in the system it can corrode vital components such as injectors, seals and pumps. If your sure the fuel supply is clean (by the way was the tank drained?) All the diesel treatments in the world won't undo corrosion.
The general rule of thumb is
1. Black smoke = fuel pump problem
2. White smoke = bad injectors or engine burning lube oil.

Good Luck and happy camping with your tin tent!:)
 
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