Advice re mechanical servicing

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  1. golly

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    I wonder if I could ask other funsters how often they have a mechanical service done. I have a 2006 transit based Hobby mh with 30500 miles on the clock, most of which were done by the previous owner, I got the van in 2009 when a full service was done by the dealer. last year I got the oil changed and a general check. I have only done about 3000 miles since, would you suggest I now get a full service done or just an oil change or is there something in-between. As it is now 5 years old I am wondering if the cam belt needs changing etc.

    As you probably can tell I am a total Numpty with things mechanical.:Doh:
    I would welcome any advice.

    Cheers John
     
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    If it's the diesel Duratorq engine, it has chain driven camshaft(s).

    A boating chum who uses the Duratorq engine recommends frequent oil changes, then he says the engines last a lifetime. Lack of use can be more harmful to an engine's internals than overuse. It all depends on how much mileage you do annually, but an oil change every 5000 miles cannot go amiss. Anything less, and I would change the oil annually.
     
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    I have ours serviced once a year at MOT time, by a local independent HGV engineers. Also go to them if any issues crop up during the year. They have a good relationship with the nearest Mercedes Commercial dealership in case any special service information is required. Our motorhome is usually the smallest vehicle in there - gives me a kind of confidence to know they are experts in 40 tonne artics as well as a lowly Sprinter!

    Philip
     
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    If it's the diesel Duratorq engine, it has chain driven camshaft(s).



    Thanks, don't know about Duratorq the engine is 2.0 litre (125bhp) four cylinder TDCi .

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    I know what you meen Philip, I had a job finding someone local to do the MOT, most places havn't got a big enough hoist.

    John
     
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    John, that is a Duratorq engine, with the common rail fuel injection system. Also fitted in Mondeo's. My advice as above still stands.

    For MOT's, look up your local Council vehicle depot, they can MOT it for you, and because they're not a commercial enterprise, will not "find jobs" that need doing. They test the biggest council vehicles.
    Depending where you are in Co Durham, I would imagine there's somewhere in Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Consett, or maybe even Durham itself.
     
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    Thanks again, I never thought of the council depot for the MOT, there is a one near Stanley not far from me, I suppose they would have a weigh bridge as-well so I could check the axle weights.

    John
     
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    The Ford Duratorq requires regular oil changes, the cam chain tensioner is hydraulic with the oil pressure if it falters cam timing will jump braking the cam carrier which are only available from Ford with a new head as they are machined together and cost around £750 + new camtensioner gaskets etc then labour charges :cry:, I have a 2006 Mondeo TDCi estate parked up at the mo with just this problem although I bought it like it very cheap and easier to drop a secondhand engine in, thank the lord for Ebay :BigGrin:
     
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    Thanks for that. I think this might be what my boating chum was alluding to when he advised me on regular oil changes.
     
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    Thanks for that, useful site. It has saved a trip to Stanley as the nearest seems to be in Durham.

    cheers John
     
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