Need Help In France

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  1. FunnyFendt

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    hi funsters. We decided to make a trip to Italy to see the lakes but as soon as we touched French soil the old Rapido decided to play up. No problem driving from Ringwood to Dover but as soon as we came off the ferry we had a thumping noise that transmitted up through the drivers seat and generally shook the van. Thought it was tyre related but can't see any problems there. Seems to be transmission related as noise consistent with road speed and not engine speed. Made it to arques for one night stop but now at arras as it is a weekend and no garages open till Monday. Anyone know of any good garages near Arras, Northern France that could take a look at a 2006 fiat Ducato. Rapido. Would be much appreciated. Only got iffy wifi at the moment. Via bt fon. But seems to be working at the moment. So if any replies. Thanks in advance.
     
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    The only thing I can think of, is... check your wheel nut`s for tightness..
    Hope it`s some thing simple.. (y)
     
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    Can't help, sorry. Have you tried to find any garages on Google?
     
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    Thanks old mo. Rapido rules ok. Yes tried that this morning just in case but all ok. Thanks for your help
     
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    Thanks parknride, yes trying that at the moment, quite interesting what you get when you put in various searches. Cheers
     
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    Strange.......... If it is road speed as opposed to engine speed.... I would have another check on the inside wall`s of the tyres, just in case you have a bulge or maybe caught some iron getting off the ferry and have a split in the wall..
     
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    If it not engine related (rev up in neutral) then I would think it could be drive shaft related, a check from the gearbox to the wheel nuts and all bits in between should find it.
     
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    Fingers crossed its tyre related, it doesn't take much to cause mayhem(y)
     
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    Yep that's what I would have gone for, thought it might have been an illegal immigrant at first trying to get in, but as angie(bubble) said we were going the wrong way. Had a good look round the tyres as we have had a blowout before but all seems to be good. Will try to find a garage on Monday for someone to maybe put it on a rolling road. By the way Arras is a beautiful town, quite glad we stopped here and took the chance to have a look around. Many thanks
     
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    This is the main dealer phone number for Rapido in france...

    Might be worth giving them a call... but doubt they are open till Monday, might be worth a try tomorrow...

    ROUTE DE BRETAGNE - CS 20019 - 53101 MAYENNE CEDEX
    Tél. : 02 43 30 10 70 - Fax : 02 43 30 10 71
    R.C.S LAVAL 302 279 229 00025

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    We had similar a while back, turned out to be tyre walls perishing or could check wheel bearings.
     
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    try driving along then slight turns to left and right see if it changes, then the same again with you slightly braking at the same time.
    If it changes may be wheel bearing, check if the hub is getting hot too.
     
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    Have you checked the cv boot both inner and outer I once had a very simpler fault once where the cv boot would slide off and throw one of the drive shafts off balance but when I stopped it looked ok wasn't till I fiscally touched it I seen the problem tie wrap zip tie fixt the problem
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    Ah - I think you need a Fiat garage for mechanical etc rather than a Rapido dealer, meself.

    Have a look for that instead, I should ?
     
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    Fiat Professional Dealer at Zone Industrielle No 4, Avenue D'Immercourt, 62217 Tilloy Les Mofflaines.
    Tel: 03 21 50 70 70
    Opening hours Monday 0800-1200 1400-1800
    http://fiatprofessional.mopar.eu/fr-fr/DealerPages/3109-77-0020024-000.aspx
    Above link with Map.. about 4km from centre of Arras

    HTH
     
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    Many thanks to you all for your help. As we can still drive albeit slowly we are going to make it to a diagnostic garage and see what turns up tomorrow. Sorry for late replies but bt fon not the best here. Raining at Arras but quite warm. Happy holidays everyone
     
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    Hi
    I m not home at the moment but let me know if you need help with the linguo!
    I can either give à phone call or talk to the mechanic/garage boss. I 'll be home tonight!

    Frankie
     
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    very very brave of you............what aboutAA. RAC assistance abroad............all the very best...hope you get it fixed without too much hassle................enjoy your time abroad
     
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    Excellent wifi outside the tourist office at the corner of the square
     
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