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Random Fault Codes Regarding Misfires on VW 1.9 PD Applications

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In this article, we take a look at random fault codes regarding misfires on VW 1.9 PD applications.

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1.9 PD applications (including A3 & A4)

Diesel Systems


1.9 PD applications

Diesel Systems


1.9 PD applications (including Octavia)

Diesel Systems


1.9 PD applications (including Golf, Passat, Bora)

Diesel Systems


Intermittent codes, for example 18074 /5 /6 /7 (cylinder x misfire) can randomly occur and in some cases be single or multiple incidences.

This fault code type is more likely to arise with older or high mileage vehicles as the injector wiring loom is internally mounted on the cylinder head and subjected to temperature extremes, vibration and lube oil, causing degradation of the connectors.


Vehicles displaying this type of fault can be readily diagnosed by doing a “wiggle” test on both the main harness connector and the injector connectors while checking for continuity. The injector loom is available as a service part, and can be fitted in place, but the security of the main loom connector must be checked. This is best done by using an old connector of the same type and probing the connector to check for security.

It is possible to tighten the connectors, but in either case a further wiggle test is advised after repair to ensure continuity exists from the main connector to the injectors. Where possible a continuity test can be done at the ECU harness to validate the complete circuit.

Most likely failures will be the connectors and also the most cost effective to repair. In all cases the security of the wiring must be confirmed as further mechanical intervention is costly.

However if the Unit injector is suspected, the coil resistance can be checked on each individual injector. Typically this should be 0.3 to 0.7 ohms on the injector connections with the loom disconnected. Short to ground should also be checked between each terminal and the injector body.

If any injector is open or short circuit then the item must be replaced. A fully serviced / exchange / new item should be available at your local Diesel Centre, who can also provide “on bench” diagnostic and repair for unit injectors.

Tools & Equipment

Part Number




Inteliprobe Kit

Interchangeable probes which permit wider range of testing


Terminal Tool Kit

For removing vehicle computer connectors and terminals.


Automotive Multimeter

Testing of voltages and resistance



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