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 71 
 on: Yesterday at 14:09:21 
Started by terry paget - Last post by terry paget
This won't cure your problem, but will hide the symptoms: at the bottom of the pollen filter chamber is a rubber bung with a very rudimentary one-way valve ( a rubber flap) to allow water to exit but prevent underbonnet fumes from entering the cabin.
In my car, the flap had glued solid and retained rainwater. I could not manage to unstick it and on a visit to Serek, he solved the problem for me in a very technical way - he threw it away!
What I'm really asking is do you smell the hot oil from inside the cabin, or only outside?

Ron.
Inside the cabin. I presume it comes in when the coolant get warm and triggers the heater fan to run.

 72 
 on: Yesterday at 13:45:42 
Started by Tilbo - Last post by Lizzie Zoom
North

 73 
 on: Yesterday at 13:12:51 
Started by Darth Loo-knee - Last post by tunnie
Drove to Serek’s in it.  :)

 74 
 on: Yesterday at 12:35:39 
Started by terry paget - Last post by Bigron
This won't cure your problem, but will hide the symptoms: at the bottom of the pollen filter chamber is a rubber bung with a very rudimentary one-way valve ( a rubber flap) to allow water to exit but prevent underbonnet fumes from entering the cabin.
In my car, the flap had glued solid and retained rainwater. I could not manage to unstick it and on a visit to Serek, he solved the problem for me in a very technical way - he threw it away!
What I'm really asking is do you smell the hot oil from inside the cabin, or only outside?

Ron.

 75 
 on: Yesterday at 12:11:57 
Started by JDX - Last post by zirk
Just about very Van I've ever had has been broken into at least once, so only thing I would say is look into door and window security.

 76 
 on: Yesterday at 12:08:56 
Started by JDX - Last post by johnnydog
Having bought several vans for different people, the size is down to your intended use for it. LWB for the extra length, high roof if you want to stand up straight in it, or carry tall furniture etc.
My son has a LWB Renault Trafic (same as the Vivaro, or Primastar just different badging) which he uses for his carpet fitting work - this was the only van in that size range that could accommodate a 4m roll of carpet, without going to the LWB Crafter / Sprinter size, albeit the 'bolt in' bulkhead panel and front passenger seat had to be removed with a gizmo to make the van think the seatbelt warning was still wired in! Nothing else had the length capacity.
My daughter has a LWB high roof VW Crafter, which is a great van; exceptional length and height - I am always borrowing it! Nice to drive, although can be a little gutless with a full load - the identically bodied Mercedes Sprinter has a more powerful engine, but tends to command more money.
Another friend has another VW LWB Crafter high roof for his work, and likes it.
There are some good purchases to had at auction in van sales, if you are prepared to hunt out the good from the bad. Don't forget the majority of sales at both auctions and dealers have VAT added on to the sale / displayed sale price, which on a seemingly good deal, results in it looking costly.
I have found ex Enterprise Rental vans very well maintained, and generally in good order overall, unlike builders vans, or maintenance vans which seem to be worked hard for their money.
Most vans tend to suffer on the drivers seat if the van has been used for deliveries - the continuous in and out of the driver knackers the sides of the seat base and upright. If the drivers seat is ok in any van you look at, then it's a reasonable indication that it has been used on longer runs rather than stop start deliveries etc.
Usual pointers apply as with any vehicle you buy as to its bodily condition / mechanical condition etc - and if in doubt take someone who wouldn't look at it through 'rose tinted' glasses and would give a honest opinion.

 77 
 on: Yesterday at 12:07:38 
Started by JDX - Last post by Doctor Gollum
Check your license first. Post 97 and you're restricted to 3.5t. Both Mercedes and Iveco are available as upto around 6 tons. Chassis plate and V5 should confirm actual gvw (gross vehicle weight). Over 3.5t and you need an Operators license if you are even vaguely thinking about using it for ANY income.

The largest Sprinters and Dailys run from 3.5t up but don't look any different at a glance. Only one recent Transit exceeds 3.5t, and that's the XLWB High Roof twin rear wheel, but these are rocking horse shit rare.

If it has a tow bar fitted then expect to see a tachograph fitted. Again check your license, and expect to use it if fitted, even more so if operating over 3.5t gtw (gross train weight).

 78 
 on: Yesterday at 11:46:12 
Started by grifter - Last post by DrAndyB
Make sure you have a couple of drill bits ready  ;)

I was going to do mine, but local garage offers £15 to fit my new one  :y  Glad I snatched their arm off took them up on their offer as one out the two on each pipe by cat was seized.

If you have a ramp, then all should be OK, but yes as already mentioned try to use the existing rubbers if GM originals.

I got an ETS 3.0 V6 system and love it. 

 79 
 on: Yesterday at 11:39:03 
Started by terry paget - Last post by johnnydog
A few days after you asked the question, but the wiring harness is an obstacle, but not difficult to overcome. You basically need to remove the wiring harness tray cover, lift up the harness and tie it up out of the way sufficiently to allow access, remove the tray itself, and you are in there.
Just be careful with the small plastic tabs on the harness tray cover - they break very easily.

 80 
 on: Yesterday at 11:22:50 
Started by JDX - Last post by JDX
I am in the market for a van. It is the first I will have ever purchased & therefore my experience is zero! ::)
Leaving shortly to go & look at a Mercedes Sprinter 314 & 313.
I'm not buying today but need a hands on experience!
I need as big an interior space as possible & good fuel economy.
I have shortlisted it down to 3: Mercedes Sprinter XLWB High roof; Ford Transit same size; Iveco which is bigger still.
Anyone got a view on these?: good, bad, avoid completely, tips etc etc

I will be online again this salvo!  :y

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