OK, got my diesel compression tester today and the results are in. All 4 cylinders came in right at 24 bar, or about 350 psi. All 4 were right there at the same reading. I got a WinMax tester from Amazon. Pretty cheap but it had good reviews.
I drove around and watched the "Start of Injection Timing" specified and actual. Car was at operating temp. Timing is set right in spec, not advanced or anything.
I'm not really sure what I am looking for. It ranged from as high as 7.7 BTDC while under heavy load to 1.0 ATDC while decelerating or driving in low RPMs in 2nd gear. Mostly both numbers were within 0.2 of each other, with some exceptions. Again, I'm not really sure what I am looking for.
The message you have entered is too short. Please lengthen your message to at least 5 characters.plugged fuel filter?
you get too much vacuum on the inlet of the pump and it'll lose all timing advance. IIRC stock base pump timing is like 3 degrees after TDC so def. white smoke and no power city
if the filter doesn't get it, try a separate fuel can plumbed into the filter's lines to the tank