DUCATO 160 3 LITRE HOSE

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  1. steviebouy

    steviebouy Funster

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    Our van has been to the workshop for some attention this week. One of the jobs was to replace the water pump (on the engine) as we had a slow leak and a funny noise. The technician found that a coolant hose had rubbed through. This hose is the one from the reservoir to the pump and it had rubbed through on the dipstick tube. Nothing too exceptional so far except that the replacement hose was fitted with a large protection ring which leads me to think this may be a common problem.
    HOSE OLD WITH RUB.JPG HOSE NEW WITH RING.JPG
    Might be worth checking yours if you have a similar drivetrain.
    Oh, the funny noise was the drive belt due to a seized tensioner.
    Cheers,
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    That protection 'lump' is amazing.
    Bet it cost far more than simply altering the hose slightly at point of manufacture to clear the dipstick tube.
     
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    They haven't fixed the problem though, they've just delayed it. At least you're aware of it now and can keep an eye on it and you've alerted others to the potential of a leak.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up (y)
     
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    P.s what age is your motorhome?
     
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    It' a 2008.
    Steve
     
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    That protection lump is a rubber exhaust bracket, cheap as chips. A good mechanic.
     
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    No, Fiat are fitting new hoses with this ring as a way of preventing damage to the hose. My post was to highlight the fact that Fiat knows that the hose will rub and to alert other owners of this model to check their hoses!
    Steve
     
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    Just wondered if a better option for Fiat would be to fit a rubber sleeve to the dipstick tube, then you would have rubber rubbing on rubber, this mod still has rubber versus metal ?
     
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    My top hose was rubbing on another rubber hose & wore through. :(
     
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    Cable-tie hose to/away from dipstick tube maybe?
    Cheers, Dave(y)
     
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    Looked at my 2007 3.0 litre today and the pipe is secured with a double plastic clip, one end round the pipe and the other round the dip stick tube. Looks as though they tried to save money by not using clips on later models.:(
     
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    Checked mine and mine too has a plastic clip, mine is a 2008. Here is a couple of pics;
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    Dave.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies folks. It looks as though instead of warning people to check their hoses I was merely highlighting the fact that I had a missing separator clip. My air filter casing was also found to be broken in one corner. It looked as though a previous service had been carried out by an unsympathetic mechanic who had rounded off most of the screws and used brute force when he couldn't get the last screw out. We bought the van at 3 years/12000 miles old from a large dealer on the south coast who is also a Fiat Professional dealer and has had one other service by a large "glossy" dealer in Bristol. These people tried and failed to change my belts when asked and my fuel filter leaked shortly after. Can't blame them for the fuel filter as when I tackled it I found the original filter installed even though I had been charged for one. I've even given up on my BMW main dealer!
     
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    I only use a very trusted local mechanic, won’t let anyone else near my mh for the very reason that most don’t give a damn about your pride and joy
     

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