Escort 1.8D Lacks power..

I've just bought a 3 year old, 1.8D Escort Van with an Endura engine (CAV injection pump). It runs smooth enough, but there doesn't seem to be ANY power below 3/4
throttle. Even then, it's SERIOUSLY lacking. I've checked the throttle cable ;-) and the timing, and all is fine. No smoke or engine noise.
Are these engines usually this bad? Or could the injection pump be knackered? (at 37K??!)
cheers,
Crash.
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It's been serviced every 9000miles from new. There's now smoke or pressure in the crankcase. I don't think the injectors will have been touched, but there's no black or blue smoke coming out of the exhaust and it runs REALLY smooth, so I wouldn't have thought it was injectors? I would be happy to be wrong though! ;-) I would have expected it to be running a little rough/smoky if the injectors were faulty :-/
Cheers,
Dave.

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Oily <davematthews(AAATTT)bigfoot(DOTTT)com> wrote in message

OOPS!! That should have read..."There's NO smoke or pressure..." Sorry :)
Dave
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yep, I've done that , everything's fine. :-(
Thanks,
Dave.

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Blocked exhaust will show it's ugly head under load. You say no power below 3/4 throttle. Exhaust is ok. Unless this is a blown ( Turbo, Paxton ect. ) engine, a leaky intake will not give a drivability problem, but will cause engine wear. Plugged fuel filter will give similar results as a plugged exhaust, low power under load. Restricted fuel return will give smoke. Did you just check static timing, or do you have the equipment to check dynamic timing and you checked that as well? Is this a standard transmission or manual?

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It's manual transmission. I can only check static timing. It's looking like I'm gona have to take off the pump and get it checked out :-(
Dave.
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If you do not have the equipment to check it your self, why take in the injection pump to have it checked? Have some you who has the equipment check out the low power problem. It may very well be just the nature of the beast and is normal. Do not have something fixed unless you know for a fact it is broken. "Oily" <davematthews(AAATTT)bigfoot(DOTTT)com> wrote in message

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I hear ya! :) It's definitely broken, it really struggles to get up a hill even when it's empty. I'll take it in and let the local diesel specialist have a look... Thanks to all for your help, I'll let you know what I find :-/
Cheers,
Dave.
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