Engine flat spot

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  1. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Funster

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    Hi all.
    I am new to the Fiat Ducato (130 Multijet 2011) and have a small problem with the engine. In first gear only, the engine revs up to 2300 when pulling away and then there is a distinct flat spot in the power for about 3 seconds and then the engine revs away as it should. Only first gear is effected, the power and revs are smooth and continueous in the other 5 gears - I have not tried reverse.
    Is this a feature designed to stop the engine over revving when pulling away? I have had a couple of panics where I needed to get away (relatively) fast at roundabouts and the flat spot held me back. Now I know it is there I just start to roll and immediately change into second and this lets me pull away with confidence but the day will come when I forget and someone will run into me.
    Any ideas please before I trust the Fiat to the local dealers.
     
  2. Photo4x4

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    WE have a Fiat 130 Multijet 2010 and ours does not do that. The only way to check it out is to get I on a diagnostic at a garage. I doesn't need to be a main dealer though.

    KH
     
  3. Lenny HB

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    Is it manual or Comformatic if the later it's quite normal gets better when the engine is run in at around 12000 - 15000 miles.
     
  4. Attila the Hen

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    Manual gearbox and 17000 miles - looks like a diagnostic is needed.
     
  5. Jaws

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    As far as I am aware there is no gear select sensor on the Ducato so you really do have a mystery one there !
     
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    I had a euro 4 and now have a euro 5 130 multijet and neither of mine have had that happen, as suggested by others a diagnostics machine may throw some light on the subject.

    I don't recall any other funster ever mentioning that problem I feel sure we would have had many posts on the subject if it was a common fault.
     
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