My neighbor has a 2010 Peugeot Partner II turbo diesel ( Same engine as the Citroen Burlingo ) he's been having problems with.

Background: Car was idling poorly, smoking, sputtering and had no power. I found that the EGR was stuck in the open position and that the rubber hose between the boost solenoid and waste gate actuator was worn out. I moved the EGR to the closed position and disconnected it from the ECU to wait for a replacement. I replaced the hose and saw that measured boost was mostly within 100mbar of the reference value, with the measured value seeming to lag the reference value. In general engine seemed to be running well.

Fast forward a few weeks and the new EGR has arrived. The neighbor has been doing allot of highway driving and pointed out that the engine has less power again, sounds strange and there suddenly seems to be a small amount of black oily gunk in the coolant expansion tank. Bad signs...

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Upon inspection the engine wabbles at lower rpms like it's missing. There's also an almost wet sound as if there was liquid in the cylinders or something. The turbo seems to be operating nominally similar to before although I didn't do a close inspection. Looking at injector correction values they're all over the place it seems. I held each rpm steady for at least a few seconds.

Corrections in mg / impulse

RPM Cylinder 1 Cylinder 2 Cylinder 3 Cylinder 4
740 0.03 -0.07 -1.38 1.54
1220 0.22 1.11 0.03 -1.20
1445 0.50 1.44 -0.30 -1.57
2056 0.45 1.72 0.03 -2.09
3276 -0.68 0.59 -0.11 0.26

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Having limited experience with diesels I'd like to solicit some opinions. My first gut instinct is blown head gasket. However maybe it's dirty injectors? Could they have gotten gunked up or could driving with the turbo working but the EGR disabled have caused a problem? This is clearly a new problem over the past few weeks. Any ideas or recommendations?

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    Do a pressure test of the cooling system. Consider getting the injectors serviced or replaced, or do a leak-off test to see how good they are. I assume this has a mileage of 6 figures...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Mar 4, 2021 at 16:53
  • @SolarMike Unfortunately I don't have a cooling system pressure tester and I'm not sure the car would make it to the garage. It's currently belching black smoke and has P0405 EGR Valve Circuit Low error even with the EGR connector unplugged. As far as the injectors, I was considering seafoaming them, but currently the engine won't go above about 2k rpm at start, when it was up to operating temp yesterday it wouldn't go above 950rpm, thought maybe the EGR code was putting it into some kind of limp mode, but maybe it's just completely lost compression in one cylinder maybe? Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 14:43

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So I did a cranking test monitoring the battery voltage with my oscilloscope:

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There seems to pretty obviously be poor compression in one cylinder. Sound like it to. Since it's only one cylinder and there's black oily gunk in the coolant tank I'm guessing blown head gasket. It's gotten bad enough that it won't even start, or if it does it dies after a few seconds.

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