Ducatto 2.8 idTD Loosing Power

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  1. Old Soldier

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    Like me, Elle seems to be loosing power and energy!
    Our 16 year old Swift Gazelle feels like she is loosing power. It might be my imagination, but it seems that I'm having to drop down the gears more, or I notice I am down to 3rd when before I got up the same hill in forth. She still poodles along at 70 on the motorway if requested but now my foots flat to the floor when before I'm sure I had a bit left if required. I have not loaded anything new, infact I have lightened her load quite a bit other than my bacon butties and beer stocks. No smoking exhaust, no noisy turbo and no loose carpet under the accelerator! She is due her yearly full service and MOT shortly but only done 5600 miles since the last one. Total mileage is around 58000.

    Anyone got any ideas?
    Thanks. Pete
     
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    When was the fuel filter last changed ?
     
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    check the air filter.........
     
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    Air filter clean and all turbo pipework tight?
     
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    This time last year....(according to the used parts list on the service invoice!?) Mileage was 51732.
     
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    All seems in order but will be servicing all in a couple of weeks.
     
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    If the air filter is ok consider having a Terraclean done and / or run several tanks of Shell V Power, or similar through it & see if there's any difference, before contemplating spending big bucks.
     
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    Good advice thanks. I have tried putting in a couple of small bottles of RedX, something I remember from my youth, but think it might be too early for any resulting improvement.
     
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    Dont laugh but a mouse nest in the air box if its not used much.
     
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    She does get used every month when we are not away on longer trips but I will send the cat in after I get back from town this afternoon!!
     
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    check the air intake pipe too. a friend had a loss of power on his work van and nothing was obvious. after stripping down a birds nest was found in the intake pipe
     
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    I had a quad in here a few years ago they were complaining it was flat, I ask when was the last time you cleaned the air filter as the exhaust was black with soot, the reply "never" so I whipped off the seat, took the top off the air box, I dont actually know how he got to me it was full of hay & loft insulation, Home from home for Mr G Mouse :sneaky:
     
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    waste gate on turbo seizing up?
     
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    Hi, what's one of them?

    Just been advised by a local friend to wait till the service and see if that improves the engine efficiency. Sounds like good advice but will check out if anything has made a home anywhere tomorrow.
    Thanks to all who have responded. :clap:
     
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    At that age the rubber intake pipes between the turbo and inlet manifold will be starting to perish and you may have a small split causing boost pressure loss. If you are lucky you may hear the leak but it's very difficult to get boost without being under load.
     
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    Give her an Italian tune up to clear the arteries :)
     
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    That sounds interesting. Will get it checked out. Thanks.
     
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    It's absolutely pissisting it down outside at the moment so will look for it in the morning but would I have one of those nice new shiny components on my old girl?
     
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    if the boost hoses are originals I would remove them and inspect them not so much for holes or cuts etc but for delamination. It is quite common for these pipes to delaminate with age causing them to restrict airflow which will give the symptoms you describe. Silicon hoses or stainless boost pipes are a fit and forget upgrade to the OEM spec.
     
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