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PostSubject: Stalling on idle when hot. 3l '92 diesel   Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:22 pm

Hi all we're lost in France and figuring out our repatriation options.

Anyhow, thought it couldn't do any harm asking here in the meantime.

the Hiace started stalling when idling, say when braking for a junction or traffic lights. Runs fine otherwise but is getting increasingly difficult to start after this.

Can't see any thing under the hood. No mayonnaise under the oil cap, plenty of oil.
Thr rad, coolant and oil were changed just before coming out.
Temp gauge has been cold or dead middle all holiday.

It has been very hot weather but up until now everything was smooth.

There had been excessive heat which led us to change the rad. Bit worried this could have blown the gasket but would that cause this problem?

Not sure whether to limp onto Calais tomorrow (we're too far to get an automatic repatriation for the van, mechanic would look omn Monday and decide if it's fixable or worth fixing in the UK)

Help or sage words appreciated.

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Marko
(hacked off in Chalon-sur-Seine)
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PostSubject: Re: Stalling on idle when hot. 3l '92 diesel   Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:51 am

Outcome: We upped the idle speed and made it to the ferry. Met a nice RAC man this side who had us in the road super smart.

Okay so we learnt lots from this one!
a. It was as far we can tell a fuel blockage. We think it was El cheapo gazole (diesel) from various supermarket chains. Clearly not all diesel is made alike and especially in French France! RAC said theyd had at least three call outs with bunged up cars spluttering off the ferry.

b. The very nice RAC man drained the filter a bit through the water drain cock underneath Link: (finally found out how to access the fuel filter)) and that seemed to sort things out. we already had a tank of branded fuel in it by this time and topped up with UK diesel so we think it may be okay.

c. We'll be changing the filter anyway asap and I think will take a spare one away in future as well. This problem only took a few days and may three tanks of fuel to appear. If away for a while you may be getting through the filters!

c. Watch your RAC cover. There severe limitations on it which give them an 'out' as regards declaring the vehicle uneconomic to repatriate.
This may be obvious but I didnít know about it.
Ä800 euro budget for repatriation to your door so if the vehicle is too far from the port you're looking at local mechanic.
If they canít be arsed fixing it they could declare it uneconomic and recommend letting it rot.


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PostSubject: Re: Stalling on idle when hot. 3l '92 diesel   Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:57 am

Fuel filter is easy to change.

Do the French add biodiesel in the mix, if so this may have loosened dirt from your tank?
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PostSubject: Re: Stalling on idle when hot. 3l '92 diesel   Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:04 pm

Donít know about the biodiesel. There's some discussion of that on other forums but no conclusive answers.
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PostSubject: Re: Stalling on idle when hot. 3l '92 diesel   Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:34 pm

Late follow-up to this post. Apologies for leaving it.

Turns out it was fuel tank leak. Our trusty guy up at Poplar Motors in Chesterfield dropped the tank and refurbed the outlets where it had corroded. Rest of the tank was a good as new.
Engines fine now!
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