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post #11 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-10-2019, 20:22 Thread Starter
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Have they the facilities to attach a fault code reader Jan ?

It could give a more definitive cause of the problem, if they don’t use fault code readers I suggest you get a more competent garage to investigate as it’s the first thing any competent set up would do.

Good luck, you’re due some.

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My secretary will ring again and ask tomorrow , the van is 200 km away Terry and this was the garage the ADAC took it to, it can only be moved with a breakdown truck.

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Have they the facilities to attach a fault code reader Jan ?

It could give a more definitive cause of the problem, if they don’t use fault code readers I suggest you get a more competent garage to investigate as it’s the first thing any competent set up would do.

Good luck, you’re due some.

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My secretary will ring again and ask tomorrow [IMG class=inlineimg]/images/MotorhomeFacts_2014/smilies/tango_face_smile_big.png[/IMG], the van is 200 km away Terry and this was the garage the ADAC took it to, it can only be moved with a breakdown truck.
200km Jan?? I had presumed you were in Germany. Where have they taken it? Back to Italy?!

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200km Jan?? I had presumed you were in Germany. Where have they taken it? Back to Italy?!
As I haven´t been there Peter they could hardly take it back to Italy. Pay attention at the back, I am now 650 km away from my home in Brandenburg North Germany, I'm now in the Rheinland Pfalz which is just over half way down. You'd have a job to drive from top to bottom in one day, across is possible at the narrow part Aachen to Cottbus would be a struggle I think.

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This is where the Navajo is on holiday

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Would the Navajo have a computer to be read Terry?
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Would the Navajo have a computer to be read Terry?
The computer is not in the Van Pat, it´s a special one the mechanic should have, even our local mechanic Gordon has one, cost a couple of thousand, but saves them a lot of time. They plug it into somewhere under the dash board and it tells them all sorts of things.

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It would not have been any good on our old Hymer as it had no computer in the engine for it to read and diagnose from! Chris always had to figure it out himself. Sorry did not know how old the Navajo is and whether it was the same??
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I need advice urgently.

The engine has to be taken apart because something, they don´t know what for sure, but it may be the Crankshaft is broken.

Question is do I let them fix it or have it taken to a Fiat garage, They say it could cost 6-7 thousand € to fix.

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Worth asking about the price of a reconditioned engine. How old is Jan? That might help your decision. The crankshaft means a total dismantle of the engine - I had that once on a Morris 1000 engine when the crankshaft snapped - it takes time and needs to be handled gently once done for a little while so that everything can settle down.

A new engine may well be 10k€ but a reconditioned one may be less than what they are quoting at present and their quote assumes no subsequent damage by metal shards or the broken shaft. If your engine has already done a fair mileage then I would favour a reconditioned one if available. If not the pprice they have estimated may increase as they take it apart and find it needs more bits.

While a Fiat van garage (not a car one) may have experience and expertise their price per hour may be much higher and that could make the ill a great deal more.......

Hence my reticence to give a hard and fast answer - sorry....
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