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The Top 10 Ford Transit Van Problems

Date: 08.01.2010

The Top ten things that can go wrong with your Ford transit van problems

As a hire company we run many of these vans and have become familiar with all of the associated quirks of running them. We also repair a huge amount of these vehicles for our workshop customers. This year we decided to compile a list of the most common problems that can crop up for owners of Ford Transit vans and the ways to cure them. This article will concentrate on the most recent incarnation of the Transit van, the 2007 onwards model. This list is in no particular order; we hope it is of help.

1)      Clutch/Flywheel problems.

I lied when I said this list is in no particular order! this is the number 1 issue with the current generation of transits and costs a lot to put right.  The older generation of transit was plagued with premature flywheel failure and the current generation hold up the tradition well. The Dual mass flywheel tends to break up over time and leads to the clutch failing. The problem here is that a new flywheel is needed along with the three piece clutch. Ford has recently released a modified solid flywheel that does not suffer from failure, they have also issued a modified pulley which quietens down the engine and is quite reasonably priced. The bottom line is: replace your old flywheel with the solid type and replace the pulley at the same time. This is a costly enough job to do, but fingers crossed it will stop the 24-36month flywheel lifespan problem.

2)      Noisy / Cold Cabin.

The early generation of this transit suffered from window seal failure. Usually on the fly windows. The seal around the fly window on the drivers and passenger side tended to get loose and let cold air into the vehicle; this is very noticeable at high speed. If your van is under warranty, Ford will replace the fly windows under warranty, if your vehicle is out of warranty you can always get a windscreen repair company to reseal the windows for you.

3)      Fuel cap flap will not close.

This is an easy fix. The door flap retainer has two small black plastic retainers, these hold the diesel flap closed. They are made of quite a brittle plastic and can break very quickly. Your Ford dealer stocks the flaps and housing, but it is sold as one unit and has to be riveted in place. We found a cheap fix is to glue two small magnets inside the flap; this keeps it closed and saves the cost of replacement.

4)      The remote control has stopped working.

Again a common enough occurrence. There are a number of reasons these can fail. Inside the remote there is a rechargeable battery. These batteries charge via the ignition. The circuit board in the key can get damaged with rough use and cause the key not to charge. If this is the case you need to get a replacement fob from your ford transit dealer.

5)      I cannot open the rear or side door of my transit.

When you drive the current Transit over 10mph the side and the rear doors automatically lock. If the key fob has stopped working you will not be able to open them without using the driver’s door lock. Insert the key and turn the key quickly twice to the right, two flicks of your wrist. This will unlock the side and rear doors of the van. Note: you can get Ford to turn off this auto locking via the diagnostic computer.

6)      When I try to lock the van there is a Beep and the doors remain unlocked.

This can be a number of things. Most common is that a door is not closed correctly and the horn is signalling this to you. If the doors are securely closed you probably have a door lock motor or sensor to replace, this is highly common.

7)      A yellow engine light has come up on my dash.

There can be many causes for this, the most common is EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation Valve) failure, and this is common enough. After replacement the vehicle usually needs to be hooked up to a computer to turn off the warning light.

8)      My van will not start and I am sure the battery is charged.

·         If the dash lights do not come on:
the most common cause of this is loose battery connections. The battery is located underneath the driver’s seat. Turn the ignition to the on position and slide the driver’s seat forward. The battery is concealed with al plastic flap, remove the flap. Check the tightness of the two terminals while looking at the dash, if the dash lights up, then you know what the problem was.
·         If the dash lights are coming on and the vehicle makes no attempt to start:
       the most common cause is the starter motor terminals. These can overheat and fuse. This type failure is very sudden and shows no warning signs. The only cure is a replacement starter motor.

9)      How do I get the spare wheel down?

There is a flap beneath the driver’s feet that contains the tool kit. In the tool kit there is a bar with a socket one end and a point at the other end. Open the rear doors and use the pointed end to remove the bolt that is beneath there the doors meet. Once this bolt is removed you can insert the pointed end into the hole to crank down the spare wheel.

10) Ingnoring the warning signs.

           The best way to avoid downtime is to keep to your service scedule for your Transit. We can assist you with your vehicle problems. You can drive into our van repair centre and drive straight out in a replacement vehicle. We keep all major service items in stock.

 To book a repair or service , please call 01-4592069


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