Killed my Hymer!!

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  1. Taff015

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    First real trip out!!! went to Loch Ness for new year with the family.

    All was well until the trip home......

    Just north of Tebay services on the M6 the poor Hymer went bang!! Looks like I've completely destroyed the engine!!! Not bad going for a Fiat Ducato 2.8 with only 44k on the clock!!!

    Apparently I had covered 1500 miles in a month and thats not normal........

    Luckily, the dealer I bought it off the month prior is fixing it at his cost!!! (well he was going to anyway but nice that he offered!)

    Perhaps it was my driving style?!!! Head gasket went but apparently a piston blew up too!!!!
     
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    Ouch!
     
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    If anyone saw some mad people laughing in the rain on 3 jan just north of Tebay it was us!!!!
     
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    Killing one is excusable, to do it to another would be unpardonable, better find out where you went wrong. :rolleyes: :)
     
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    I suspect i went wrong with being a MH with an Italian engine in it!!!!
     
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    being? i mean buying!
     
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    I might have found the answer, thought I recognised your forum name, lifted above from a thread ref mpg last year

    Better hope the supplying dealer isn't a member ;)

    I reckon you are still too young for a Hymer :LOL::LOL:
     
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    You may be correct!! However, if the engine cant handle travelling at motorway speeds, then it shouldn't be able to do it and should have some sort of restrictor fitted! Anyway, a big old 2.8 lump shouldn't have any issues with my tiny van!! We were positively dwarfed on the site at Loch Ness!!!

    However, in my defence, things started going wrong (thought it was a burning clutch) at 30mph on Loch Ness. When it blew, I was doing about 55.

    The dealer did say that its likely problem was caused ages ago by a dodgy radiator that he replaced before I took ownership.

    On the bright side, the new engine should last a bit longer!!!!
     
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    I do hope so, but maybe 80mph is asking a little too much (y):)
     
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    aye, you're right!! although for that entire trip i barely went over 65. i suppose i should take it easier though. You live and learn.....sometimes!!
     
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    Sorry to hear of your bad luck, Great you'll get it all sorted though(y).......Generally these 2.8 engines are pretty reliable and bomb proof if serviced properly.....I recently done 7000 kms around Europe in 3 weeks and it never missed a beat...
     
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    Strangely enough, We weren't upset when it happened! until my wife said that at least it wasn't raining......cue downpour!!! The poor dog though had to stay in the van on the back of the recovery wagon as he wasn't allowed in the cab of the truck!!

    Cant fault green flag though, they were with me in an hour and towed me to tebay and the recovery truck arrived within minutes of us arriving! slight panic on the a49 to shrewsbury though as the driver didn't know how high his vehicle bed was as we were approaching a 4.5 meter bridge!!!! a few clenched cheeks as we went through it!!
     
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    Maybe not ten years ago, but...Given a choice today, I'd choose the Italian over German. :)
     
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    Ah well, sounds like you will end up with a new engine and rad now. (y)
     
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    Hope it all gets sorted in a reasonable time, that 2.8 usually will run to big mileage, but as you say it may be a different item that caused it ie radiator.
     
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    Me too (y)
     
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    As I remember it, Mercedes cars had a big problem a few years back with engines failing and it was the radiators not able to cope with sufficient cooling, they have been changed now but a lot of people had large bills out of guarantee.
    Good luck
     
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    Lucky it wasn't a private seller you bought it off. Sounds to me like the previous owner had a water leak, as dealer has replaced the radiator and the initial damage may have been done then. Maybe a cracked head. Hope you get it sorted soon. Pat (y)
     
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    Far more reliable than what the Germans produce Iveco/Fiat lead the world in small diesel technology.

    Far too young didn't ought to be allowed.:)

    If the previous owner had been running around with a leaky rad and overheating it a few times the result is not surprising.
    If they are repairing the engine rather than replacing insist on the head being X-rayed for cracks, hairline cracks are a common problem on heads of diesel engines that have overheated.
     
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