Fiat 2.3 Ducato cold hands when Driving

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  1. laurieash

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    Hi all been out this week in my autotrail Fiat 2.3 ducato, when driving down A1 60mph cold drafts from the gear lever bottom glove box area
    heater on full trying to stay warm.
    Move switch between fresh and recirculating, no differance.
    Heater blowing hot to screen also feet.
    any one had this problem? Its a 2013 model.
    Hands and nees freezing.
     
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    Sounds as if the feeder tube to the dash vents has come off.. Bit of a bugger to get at and refit but at least its cheap ! :xThumb:
     
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    Fit full width, full drop curtains behind seats.

    The heater isnt capable of heating the whole van due to free air area.

    Smaller (curtained cab) area will stay warm.
     
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  4. laurieash

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    Do you think warranty job then?
     
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    I would say yes !! You should notice a big difference when switching between re-circulate and external air flow !!
     
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    Oooh gloves for Christmas then, that's you sorted.
     
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    I think I've mentioned this before so for anyone who isn't aware. If you remove the plastic cover that's clipped to the seat fronts and put your hand and arm in until you feel the box section chassis you will notice that it is hollow. It is the main source of draughts that come into the cab area. To block it off you can stuff a couple of old socks with old nylon tights and force them into the cavities. No more draughts. Another way of noticing the draught holes is to have a look underneath and you will see the chassis section pressed out holes.
     
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    Not noticed any difference
     
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    Cold air definitely from the middle of the dash area?
     
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    Get a Renault . No draughts in mine .
     
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    We have a 2013 Autotrail Tracker and the heater heats cab area quite well so I wouldn't think its the capacity of the heater sounds like something has come off under dash or a grommet is missing somewhere.:xThumb:
     
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    Ditto Transit
     
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    Took our Hobby with the Transit cab out this week, left foot roasting right leg freezing.
     
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    We have a 2012 Fiat 2.3 and our heating is fine, once its warmed up and believe me I feel the cold rotten, I think further investigation is required on your part.
     
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    The inside of our van is always evenly warmed with no hot or cold spots.
    En-route heating is a must in our opinion.

    Its a shame the archaic NCC don't share the same view!
    Its a shame how some otherwise very nice Brit vans are hamstrung by the NCC's Luddite standards.
     
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    Our Laika is lovely and warm we just press a button on the dash a a fan under the rear passenger seat turns on, it fact it gets too warm. Get a continental van you know it makes sense . :xThumb:
     
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    Had a Pilote with this problem. Eventually realised that the cold air was coming in around the doors, especially the door handle. I then discovered a small grill in the trailing edge of the door. It appeared to be intended to work as an air extractor but with the different aerodynamics of a large motorhome it had the opposite effect. I taped over the grills and problem solved.

    My current van does not have these grills.
     
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    Does the draught disappear if you turn the air intake to recirculate, if so then the trunking could be faulty or disconnected?
     
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    Another possibility to add to the mix. We have a 2011 Ducato 2.3, and when I recently fitted a CB antenna I discovered a not very good design feature/flaw. The bulkhead has 2 holes to accommodate the steering column on either side (lhd or rhd obviously). The hole on the drivers side has a grommet around the column, whereas the one on the passenger side is covered only with the felt in the engine bay, and also on the inside. I fabricated a fixing bracket to hold the blanking felt more firmly in place. Fiat only seem to have used glue.

    It could be that yours has come loose, allowing cold air in behind the dash.
     
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