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answered Gear Linkage repairs for VW Polo Mk3 (1997)
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comment Roaring sound when starting or running with my 95 LT1 Camaro Z28
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comment Ibiza Mk2 MOT emissions test failure
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comment Ibiza Mk2 MOT emissions test failure
@NickC thanks for prompting me to think about that a bit more - it's a good point and would explain the symptoms, that is that it compresses fine and none of the aforementioned bits make a difference. A single contact in the diz having worn, got dirty or come off would match up with the consistent failure on one and not the others. I assumed that would have been checked but I can definitely ask.
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comment Ibiza Mk2 MOT emissions test failure
As I understand it, this model has a single coil since there's a mechanical distributor. Wouldn't a problem with that affect all cylinders? Similarly for the timing although I suppose diagnosing and fixing anything like that will still involve getting the head off. Would something like a timing problem show up as a fault code? If so I figure they would have mentioned it.
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answered Just HOW urgently should I replace this tire? Is it safe to drive on at all?
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revised Rattling/tinkling noise under load - is this knocking/pinking/misfiring?
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comment Rattling/tinkling noise under load - is this knocking/pinking/misfiring?
Thanks for your help. I've had the distributor off with some help, and the contacts and rotor both looked pretty worn. I'll be acquiring a new cap, rotor and leads shortly so we'll see whether that silences the rattling.