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Hi

Had the glowplug light and limp mode problem on my TDCi (130 facelift) (again). Took it to a mechanic who said the actuator arm seems to be stuck (?) He has offered to take off, clean/recondition and refit for £250. Alternatively I can get a turbo from the scrap yard for £75 and he will fit for £100.

However, I've heard about people cleaning and unsticking their actuator arms quite cheaply - though can't seem to find much online as to how to access it or clean it. Can anyone help? I've done the odd bit of home mechanics at home but nothing major - not even sure where the turbo is on these and how to access it! Is this a relatively easy job to do?

Thanks!

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there are basically two reasons why the arm will stick, the first is if the variable vanes in the turbo are gummed up which will require the turbo to be stripped and cleaned,the second is that the actuator itself is knackered this is sometimes down to the solder joints inside the actuator drying out and can sometimes be resoldered and fixed,if the actuator has to be replaced it will require a turbo as well as the two componants are coded together.

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hi, i am having trouble with my electronic act. at the moment and have tried soldering one of the bits of wires thats come off, i dont know what sort of metal the two points are made of but they wont take solder, also youve got to be very carefull when soldering so close to what looks like a prosessor chip with the amount of heat req.

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hi, i am having trouble with my electronic act. at the moment and have tried soldering one of the bits of wires thats come off, i dont know what sort of metal the two points are made of but they wont take solder, also youve got to be very carefull when soldering so close to what looks like a prosessor chip with the amount of heat req.

flux my man(or its dirty)

just noticed the date lol

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