My van is originally from the Firs Garage in Banbury, should I take it there?

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Post by nhw2289 on Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:06 pm

Hi all,

My MOT is looming and I was wondering if anyone might know a decent mechanic who would be able to help with a few little problems with my van? I would like to potentially turn it into a camper but can't do this until I know it's going to work for a good few miles more! It's a 2001 and only done 50,000 miles!

Here are some problems:

-Hunting
-every so often it loses power and cuts out (think this might be fuel filter but not sure!)
-brakes could do with some attention
-fuel gauge broken
-a little rust under wheel arches
-window winds up a bit wonky and leaves a little gap!
-coolant in pipe under seat fluctuates a lot

Any recommendations would be fantastic! Or maybe it's not worth fixing? Cool I'd just love to get it ready for summer for some decent road trips!

Cheers,

Nick

P.S I'm based in Tetbury!


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Post by Raggy on Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:23 pm

Oh Well, go on I’ll save Woodie from saying it....Location! It’s no use asking for help if we don’t know where you live! South west is a little on the broad side.

Hunting could be air lock (can’t remember where) as it tries to sense the temp of the water to set the mixture.
Windows you could do yourself and not an MOT issue I don’t think.
Coolant in pipe fluctuates...more importantly how’s the level in the bottle and does the level in the radiator change? Etc,

Someone will be along shortly I’m sure to give more advice.



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Post by nhw2289 on Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:35 pm

Hi Raggy,

Thanks for the response! I am based in Tetbury!

I attempted to attack the hunting problem and came to the conclusion that it might be that the idle control valve needs a good old clean. A job better suited to someone with the right gear and space I think... Yes i'm sure I could do the window, probably shouldn't have bothered mentioning that one! This is such a great forum!

Thanks again!

Nick

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Post by Woodie on Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:34 am

Well Tetbury is known for its Hunt, or more correctly the Beaufort Hunt which ran amok in the town in 2013. So a hunting Hi-Jet in Tetbury is a first. Caught any foxes or just caught a cold buying your Hi-Jet??

At what speed does it lose power and cut out? Could well be Speed Sensor. Sounds like the cooling system needs a proper bleeding. Very much doubt that the fuel gauge is broken. 99% of the time it is the plastic fuel sender unit in the petrol tank falling apart or the housing bends and the internal float jams or more commonly the location plug in the bottom of the plastic tube falls off and goes for swimming lessons around the petrol tank.

Wonky window is usually the guide that is bolted to the inside of the door. The bracket rusts through and causes the window to wind up unevenly or jam. If that is the case I should be able to help with that little part, also a speed sensor, but as regards the fuel sender unit - - keep a Gallon of petrol in the van at all times. Finding a working sender is hard enough, but to remove the old one and fit another one means dropping the petrol tank which will open up a whole new can of worms. Best left alone if you aren't too handy with Vehicle DIY jobs.
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Post by nhw2289 on Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:51 pm

Hi Woody,

Thanks for your response!

It has gone through 3 phases of cutting out. Once was a year ago and it lost power for the course of a day every so often then cut out, after 40 mins of trying the ignition it finally got me back home.

The second was on a long journey down to Brighton and it started sputtering, I thought it might've been running out of fuel but it turned out I had about 5 litres or so left in the tank. After I topped up it cut out a couple of times on the rest of the journey.

The third time which was 2 weeks ago I left the lights on and so drained the battery! A friendly fellow helped me jump start and so I left only to get half way up a hill before it stopped (I was very confused for a while!). It turned out I had ran out of petrol at the same time! Topped it up with my spare 5 litres and drove back with a lot of juddering. It wasn't very smooth again the next day either. I filled the tank on the way home and 2 days later it's running a lot better but not perfect... it made me think the fresh fuel may have dislodged anything that might've been blocking the filter?

I'm not too worried about not being able to tell how much fuel I have usually Smile maybe its the float that is blocking my filter occasionally!! Haha

I will have a look at the window!

It would be good to know how much some of these things might cost to get repaired and whether the Firs Garage in Hook Norton is a worthwhile visit!

Thanks for the help!

N

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Post by wrightgeordie on Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:48 pm

Like many vehicles of this vintage many of its faults are probably due to poor maintenance. I would start by doing a full service on it. Oil, air and fuel filters as well as spark plugs. If the van has covered 50k miles it will also be due new brake pads and shoes. Many of the faults you describe will be easy to sort out if you get the basics right first. Have a go and do it yourself you'll be surprised how simple Hijets are to work on.
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Post by Woodie on Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:59 am

It wouldn't hurt to change the filter especially if it looks like the one on Daniel Frisbee's van. But be prepared to snap off the rusty pipe at the bend. Make sure you have some High Pressure Neoprene Fuel Pipe before attempting the job and remember that even when it has been standing and the ignition is off the pipe and filter are under pressure so make sure you protect your eyes.

Having said all that I have owned and sold and broken up literally hundreds of Hi-Jets and seen some pretty horrific looking rusty fuel filters and non have them have ever been blocked to the extent of stopping the vehicle running.

When your van loses power, is it over 40 mph in 4th or 5th gear after a bit of distance and comes to a halt with the engine ticking over and won't respond to the throttle pedal? Then after a couple of minutes it's OK again and off you go again. Is most of your driving around 40mph or do you drive faster on the open roads? If so is that when it loses power?? If so it sounds like the speed sensor in the speedo head that sends information to the ECU controlling the fuel load to the Injection System that is giving you your problem. Let me know.

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Post by Raggy on Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:24 pm

I second that about the fuel is under pressure..... Shocked was stripping a van down and it came as a surprise when we cut through some pipes Laughing Good job it was just what was left in tank.
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Post by nhw2289 on Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:46 pm

Thanks for the replies guys!

It seems to gradually have got better since it started shortly after having run out of petrol last time! It did it at all speeds, it judders as if running low on petrol and then the engine cuts out and all the lights came on I think! Tended to judder most when in too high a gear but cut out a couple of times when i depressed the clutch! When it happened the first time I cleaned the spark plugs (which were pretty grubby!) and it worked again fine! I cleaned them last time it happened and it didn't seem to make a difference...

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Post by PFM on Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:50 pm

Fuel guage, rust and window are minor probs. Braking needs to be looked at, as does coolant level, but doesn't sound like you have overheating issues. Sounds like your urgent problem is the fuel line as, from what you say, it doesn't sound electrical. Maybe do some trials as Woodie suggested to try and help us pinpoint the issue?

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