306 hdi MOT emissions failure

Discussion in 'Peugeot 306' started by Jon, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Hi everyone I need advice.

    My car recently failed its MOT on exhaust emissions. This is apparently
    because I don't thrash my car up and down the motorway enough. As I don't
    want to fork out for a full service (especially as the last one was only
    4000miles ago) I would like to explore the alternatives.

    Would a simple air filter change and a bottle of "diesel magic" do the

    Also, as an aside - my peugeot dealer quoted me £225 + VAT for a cam belt
    change. Is this the norm, or a bloody con like I suspect?

    Thanks in advance,

    Jon, Feb 16, 2004
  2. If it's failed its emissions and you dont thrash it/use it for short
    journeys, you could try giving it an "italian tune up". Warm it up gently
    over the 1st 10mins or so then find a nice quiet piece of road and spend
    some time driving at maximum revs or if that hurts your mechanical sympathy
    glands, accelerating to the redline in 1st and 2nd, perhaps 3rd (=about
    80mph) a few times.

    I'm not sure of how much of a good idea this is if it is close to needing a
    Maybe, but less fun than the above. (c: You dont say how old and what
    mileage your 306 is.
    Dunno, probably around normal for a dealer job, phone another few dealers
    and local independants to see what they say.

    Douglas Payne, Feb 17, 2004
  3. Jon

    G.T Guest

    When you know how an emission test is done, the "italian tune-up" you
    mention can't be that harder !
    G.T, Feb 17, 2004
  4. Jon

    Len Cuff Guest

    I had a cam belt changed on a 306 Xld (M reg) at a local garage for
    £110 last year.

    Try phoning around.

    Len Cuff, Feb 17, 2004
  5. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Thankyou all for your advice.

    I fitted a new air filter @ £6.99 and added a bottle of diesel magic @ £4.99
    to my tank.

    A couple of days of thrashing the car, and I'm now the proud owner of a full

    BTW my 306 hdi is the late 1999 model (on a V plate), and it has covered

    I'm still considering a cambelt, and might try my local Peuguet/Citroen
    specialist for a quote.


    Jon, Feb 19, 2004
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