Hymer B544 1991

Aye Mya

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Have had real trouble with my Hymer citreon 1991. After having the engine rebuilt as it had seized, picked it up from the garage, all seemed fine, then went away for weekend, all fine, then drive 120 miles today, all fine, got home, tried to move it to a different parking space and the starting motor went.
Is this just really really bad luck or is my garage messing me about.
Plus, there is a small oil leak underneath :( Help.
Has anyone else had similar trouble and should I cut my losses with this particular vehicle? Once unreliable, always unreliable??
 
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Peter JohnsCross MH

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Starter motor should not be a big deal, might even be a looseconnection, as to oil leak get onto garage about that, might need some bolts tightening up and they could check the starter motor at same time

Might not be their fault but they would have taken it all apart on rebuild

Peter
 
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Aye Mya

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Starter motor should not be a big deal, might even be a looseconnection, as to oil leak get onto garage about that, might need some bolts tightening up and they could check the starter motor at same time

Might not be their fault but they would have taken it all apart on rebuild

Peter

You probably know them, Berwick Service Station.
Can you recommend anything to help me? Supposed to be renting this van out to people but know I've lost confidence. Are all old vans like this?

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You probably know them, Berwick Service Station.
Can you recommend anything to help me? Supposed to be renting this van out to people but know I've lost confidence. Are all old vans like this?

New to motorhomes but have a fair amount of mechanical experience ( Ive rebuilt a fair few engines, re-chassied old cars , own a few twenty odd year old motorbikes and used do all my own servicing and repairs, now have to get major jobs done on the 1995 Hymer by a local mechanic as I haven't got the time or space to work on it) and unfortunately would not be surprised to have "problems" with any 23 year old motor vehicle, regardless of how it is serviced or treated. All you can do is find someone who is capable and conscientious to service and repair your van ( Sorry can`t help there not local too you).

Hopefully engine should be good for many miles now, starter motors can fail at any time and age, though admittedly modern cars are much more reliable in this respect.
Flipside to maintenance costs on old vehicles is very little depreciation if looked after.
 
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Have had real trouble with my Hymer citreon 1991. After having the engine rebuilt as it had seized, picked it up from the garage, all seemed fine, then went away for weekend, all fine, then drive 120 miles today, all fine, got home, tried to move it to a different parking space and the starting motor went.
Is this just really really bad luck or is my garage messing me about.
Plus, there is a small oil leak underneath :( Help.
Has anyone else had similar trouble and should I cut my losses with this particular vehicle? Once unreliable, always unreliable??

Yes, my starter didn't work properly after a replacement engine. Ended up having to design some shims and get them made up on a laser machine to get the alignment right. It was clearly wrong before, though, as they'd just added an additional engine battery so that there would be enough amps to push the misaligned starter round. It was worse after the swap, though.

You'll get there in the end. Often 10 years of neglect takes a bit of TLC to restore the vehicle to normal.
 
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Have had real trouble with my Hymer citreon 1991. After having the engine rebuilt as it had seized, picked it up from the garage, all seemed fine, then went away for weekend, all fine, then drive 120 miles today, all fine, got home, tried to move it to a different parking space and the starting motor went.
Is this just really really bad luck or is my garage messing me about.
Plus, there is a small oil leak underneath :( Help.
Has anyone else had similar trouble and should I cut my losses with this particular vehicle? Once unreliable, always unreliable??

Did it seize on you originally, or was it seized when you got it? reason I ask, if it had seized because of no use after a number of years, then yes, you can expect associated parts to follow the way of the engine.
 
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