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I have a Fiat Ducato 1999 2.8 TDI Auto-trail motorhome. My question is does the fuel system have a bleed button/lever for after you have changed the filter? I do not seem to be able to find one, (unless my eyes are painted on,) Any Information is a great help. Thanks.
Hi, I could not find a bleed system. I found that changing the filter is not as bad as it looks. You do need to disconnect the air filter and pipes to get at it. Disconnect the sensor wire at filter bottom, you could then drain the fuel from the filter. Unscrew the filter then drain the housing. Take the used filter with you to factors to compare like for like, should cost about £15. Get the wrong one and it might cost about £30. When fitting the new one fill it nine tenths full then screw tight. On firing the engine turn the key to mar only. The pump will fill the filter then after about a minute start the engine and job done. - Peter Hodge from Cheshire
Submitted: 21/11/2013 14:31:54 | ID: 23337
We have an automatic/manual Fiat Ducato Motorhome and were advised when parking it to put it in neutral with the handbrake on. Please advise? (Motorhome)
Submitted: 15/11/2013 15:27:08 | ID: 23155
My 2.0L diesel Fiat Ducato motorhome has done 55,000. I don’t have a book with a service schedule. Could anyone tell me when I am next supposed to get it serviced and what needs doing? Many thanks. (2.0 l 2002 diesel motorhome)
Submitted: 14/11/2013 15:17:44 | ID: 23077
Could anyone tell me how much antifreeze I need in my Fiat Ducato for winter? Also could anyone tell me the cheapest place to get a sump for same model, preferably second hand? My handbook is in German and I can`t translate it?
Submitted: 11/11/2013 15:49:39 | ID: 22934
I have a Fiat Ducato 2.8L diesel which has done 52,000k. After removing and replacing the alternator for repair I found the ABS light on the dashboard instrument panel stays on while running,. I checked all connections that might have been disturbed as well as all fuses etc and cannot get it to go out. I cleaned out the 4 wheel sensors but it did not make a difference. Also in regards to the timing belt check, the user manual says to have it checked on 60,000k and replaced every 120,000k, not every 30,000k as one respondant said.. What should I do about the light?
Submitted: 11/11/2013 15:35:12 | ID: 22929
I tried to change the fuel filter on my Fiat Ducato and at the bottom there is a screw-in plastic plug with 3 wires connected. When unscrewing it the 3 wires broke off. Can anyone tell me what they are for and where to get the part if it needs replacing? Many thanks. (1.9 td)
Those 3 wires were for the water sensor, there is a plastic screw in tap to drain the bottom compartment of any water drops that may have got in the tank, like not wiping around the filler on rainy days when filling up. To change filter undo top bolt and hold bottom compartment with filter, withdraw long bolt - make sure all gaskets are replaced 1 x narrow flat o ring 1 x wider flat o ring (check which one goes where with old ones fitted and the small o ring must fit snuggly on a spout that fits into top of filter element to divide in and out parts of the filter element - very important - assemble together, insert long bolt and do up checking the lips on the element are snug in top and bottom parts - only tighten bolt to max 7 lbs ft, that’s finger to wrist tight with a short spanner, basiclaly it will start to feel firm, that’s enough or it will damage or snap, undo bleed screw and pump till no air tighten bleed screw finger tight firm - the rest of system will self bleed. Most damage done on engines is over tightening! The wires are color coded so just solder back - t j from Devon
Submitted: 08/11/2013 15:06:31 | ID: 22877
My 93 Fiat Ducato camper van blows black smoke all of the time and has a slight misfire. What should I do? (motorhome)
We had the same problem when we bought our Fiat Ducato 1994 model camper van. My hubby gave it a service and put a can of Restore in it. Also, after reading on a American site we now put a shot of 2 stroke in with the diesel each fill up; because the Diesel they now produce has less and less oil in it the engine is great now, no more black smoke! Just now trying to source a manual for one, but so far no luck. We are also wanting to replace the drive shaft as we now have wear on it. Anyone seen a a Manual for these? 1994 is on the change over of models. - Issie Mc from France
Submitted: 08/11/2013 14:38:07 | ID: 22868
Can anyone tell me how to change the slave cylinder of my Fiat Ducato please?
Submitted: 04/11/2013 14:17:00 | ID: 22655
How do I fit an electric wing mirror on the left hand side of my Fiat Ducato? (motorhome)
Submitted: 31/10/2013 15:20:07 | ID: 22508
Does anyone know of any headlights I can convert to fit my 1987 Fiat Ducato motorhome? Thanks. (Motorhome)
There is a guy I know who specialises in headlights. He runs a company called Autobrights.co.uk 07552 398647. He might know. - Jules Rost from England
Submitted: 29/10/2013 16:36:05 | ID: 22483
I have a 1987 Fiat Ducato and I have been offered a 1994 gearbox. Does anyone know if it will fit? Thank you. (Motorhome)
Submitted: 29/10/2013 11:23:32 | ID: 22407
Hello, I can’t select reverse gear on my Fiat Ducato motorhome. It was fine until recently. Any ideas anyone? Many thanks. (Motorhome)
I had the same problem. I looked underneath at the linkage mounts to the gearbox and found the nuts on the mounting bolts had worked loose causing excessive play. This was easily fixed using a 10mm spanner. If possible add extra nuts and lock in place. - Ian Drake from Yorkshire
Submitted: 28/10/2013 15:47:49 | ID: 22358
Hi. I was wondering if anyone knows how much grease to pump in the alko rear axle of my Fiat Ducato? Also am I right in thinking that the front wheel bearings are not adjustable? Mine have very slight play in them but it went through the MOT okay. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. (Bessacarr motorhome)
Submitted: 24/10/2013 12:38:04 | ID: 22137
I have a 3 ltr Fiat Ducato motorhome. It has started to cut out and go into limp home mode with the engine management light coming on when I go over 3,000 revs. I usually leave it for about 5 minutes and restart it. It has been into the garage and put on diagnostics with the fuel air pressure valve being replaced at a cost of £500. We are now in Holland on a 4 month tour and and we have the same problem again! Can anyone help us? We hope we can take it steady and survive until returning to the UK.
Hi have heard of this and it was the the throttle pedal as there is no cable. They operate on a fly by wire. It should have shown on diagnostics. - David Carr from England
Hi, it’s the EGR valve. I’ve had the same thing happen to me. It’s expensive to replace, so I just had it shut off. - Graeme Price from England
Submitted: 17/10/2013 15:12:40 | ID: 21872
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I have just bought a 1988 Fiat Ducato motorhome and the last owner had disconnected the wires from the taps in the shower room and cannot rember what colour wire went where. Can anyone help? Many thanks.
Hi, I do not know wire colurs, but this is an easy fix if the terminals are of the same size as then it does not matter. It is simply a micro switch and as long as one is live and one earthed it just connects the circit to the pump when you turn the tap on. - David Carr from England
Hi, probably a little late with this, but I don’t think one should be earthed at all as mentioned above. The two wires to the tap are simply connected to the micro switch, one either side of the switch. One wire will be 12v supply, the other goes to the pump relay. It shouldn’t matter which way they’re connected to the micro switch and are usually only joined with straight crimps. Regards - Lance Edwards from England
Submitted: 17/10/2013 14:39:02 | ID: 21864
I have a 2007 Fiat Ducato 2.3 multijet van gear box. Can I replace it with a 3.0 multi- jet one? Both have six speed box.
Submitted: 10/10/2013 12:02:48 | ID: 21778
How do I loosen the bolt on my Fiat Ducato 2003 to change the alternator pulley?
I am in the process of renuing the timing belt on a 2002 2.8.I would recommend you take the alternator of the engine. It is held on by two bolts easily undone, the tensioner bolt is the problem. You need to access it from your arm over the back of the engine. I used a 12m ratchet spanner but still not easily accessible. I have removed engine bracket to release belt cover. this enables me to be able to readjust alternator tensioner as was able to lower engine giving easer access to adjuster. Hope this is of some help. - Peter Hodge from Cheshire
Submitted: 10/10/2013 11:22:31 | ID: 21761
Hi. I need some help please locating a Brake Servo for a 1991 Fiat Ducato 2.5 diesel motorhome (Hymer 694). Does anyone have any ideas please?
Submitted: 08/10/2013 16:18:54 | ID: 21722
I may be being a bit daft here but I need to top up the oil on my Fiat Ducato and there are 2 oil caps. One is just under the bonnet with a pipe leading down and the other is on the block itself. Do both of them do the same job? Cheers. (2.0 jtd)
Submitted: 07/10/2013 11:52:33 | ID: 21648
I’ve got a 2007 Fiat Ducato 120 2.2 cc. Can I put this engine into a Relay 2007 model and is the gear box the same 6 speed box?
Submitted: 07/10/2013 10:29:47 | ID: 21633
Where can I get a service manual for a 1993 Fiat Ducato? (1.9)
Submitted: 03/10/2013 11:23:36 | ID: 21539
The handbrake/rear brake cable on my 1991 Fiat Ducato camper has stretched and needs replacing but the garage says they no longer make the cable. Where can I buy one? (camper van)
Submitted: 01/10/2013 16:02:53 | ID: 21499
My Fiat Ducato`s o/s indicators are not working. Also the clock has no memory. The dash says "batt". Both temperature and fuel gauge stay on when the ignition is turned off. I replaced the fuse but it blows straight away. What should I do?
Submitted: 27/09/2013 15:32:19 | ID: 21381
Two weeks ago I bought a Fiat Ducato motorhome 1900cc, 32000 miles on clock,. First time I took it out it slowed down to 40mph in third gear on not steep hills and couldn`t get up one hill in Haverfordwest. The clutch was burning so I had to reverse down. I know it`s only 1900cc but surely I can expect more poke than this? Any advice would be helpful. (1900cc motorhome)
Hi. Is your turbo working? I had a hose leak on mine, replaced the hose problem solved - Howard Britt Hazard from Netherlands
Hi, you said your clutch was burning? Why? Were you slipping the clutch for some reason, as it may need a new clutch? If not, also put a new fuel filter on that would restrict if part blocked. - David Carr from England
Submitted: 27/09/2013 14:31:18 | ID: 21364
How do I tell what type of chassis is on my 2002 Fiat Ducato motorhome? (Luna Roadstar Motorhome)
Submitted: 27/09/2013 09:17:08 | ID: 21337
Dear Sir/Madam, My Fiat Ducato 2.8l has done 40,000 miles, how often should I do an engine and oil filter change?
At ten thousand, or 12 months, whatever comes first. Don’t forget your tming belt at every 30 thousand. - Peter Hodge from Cheshire
Submitted: 17/09/2013 15:37:08 | ID: 21072
I have a whining noise coming from the gearbox. I have had the gearbox oil level checked and it’s absolutely fine, the oil in the gearbox is so clear it looks like it has only just been filled (which it hasn’t) there is no metal of any sort in the oil also no trouble when changing gear. (Hymer 694 tag axle)
Could be the thrust bearing, which is part of the clutch. If the noise disappears when the clutch pedal is depressed it’s more likely to be the thrust bearing. - Bad Dog from England
Submitted: 17/09/2013 15:30:31 | ID: 21069
Unable to engage reverse gear after long run and gearbox is hot. Perfect when cooled down and short trips. Gearbox inspected and is OK. New clutch fitted at same time. (Hymer A class B 544)
Submitted: 17/09/2013 11:18:34 | ID: 21001
I recently got a timing belt changed on my Fiat Ducato 2 litre camper van. When I drove about 10 miles it became very sluggish and stopped. I called the mechanic and he identified a broken valve. He subsequently sought advice and stated that it`s a known fault with this type of camper and that it has nothing to do with his installation of a new timing belt. What am I to believe?
He’s having a laugh, the damage was done when replacing the belt, and he’s trying to cover up - Joe from England
How did he say the valve was "broken?". Valves don’t break, they burn out or the shafts bend, usually when a clod of a mechanic hasn’t put the cam belt on right. - Ron from Lancashire
Submitted: 09/09/2013 11:45:53 | ID: 20842
I have a Fiat Ducato Motorhome MK2 and want to remove the driver`s electric door mirror. Where is the electrical connector to separate it? There isn`t much trim on the MK2 other than a motorhome blind fitted and I can`t see where the break for the wiring could be. Please help? Thanks.
Hi, do you want to put a new mirror on? What I did was - disconnected the wires from the mirror itself then threaded the old wires to the new one no disconnection inside the door, an easy transfer - Stuart Lea from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 05/09/2013 15:18:05 | ID: 20769
I would like some information on where I can find online an OEM part for a 1991 Fiat Ducato Talento (Hymer Camp), specifically the small (approx 4") right angled crankcase breather hose (not the longer one which is connected to the aif filter housing). Can anyone help? (Talento)
Submitted: 05/09/2013 12:43:29 | ID: 20751
My 1.9 Fiat Ducato`s engine won’t start. When I slackened the injector pipes and turned the engine over it started but when I stopped it andl left it for 15 minutes it wouldn`t start again. What can I do?
Submitted: 05/09/2013 12:02:41 | ID: 20745
Hi, what is the right timing belt for Fiat Ducato diesel 9 seater mini bus 1998 model? Chasse number ZFA2300005640220. Engine number VR124372
Submitted: 28/08/2013 00:00:03 | ID: 20604
We need to replace the right wing mirror of our Fiat Ducato van and are having trouble locating one. It seems the nearest year/model we can get is a 1994. Does anyone know where to buy a 1992 wing mirror or if the 1994 one will fit? (Campervan)
Amazon is your best bet! I got one from there and it arrived three days later. - Paul from Suffolk
Submitted: 27/08/2013 10:40:47 | ID: 20544
Hi, I have a 2005 Fiat Ducato Carioca 656 which runs and pulls very well but sends out clouds of blue smoke. I have put it in two different garages who have put it on their computers and say nothing is wrong, however it is very embarrassing when slowing down and the light blue smoke billows out. Does anybody have any ideas?
Submitted: 22/08/2013 16:01:07 | ID: 20490
Hello. Fuse 11 on my Fiat Ducato campervan keeps blowing. It is causing the diesel pre ignition warning light to be lit on the dashboard and the speedo not to work. My local garage can’t work out why. Does anyone know about this or can offer any advice? Thanks. (Motor campervan)
Submitted: 22/08/2013 14:54:59 | ID: 20475
I have a Fiat Ducato and the engine starts and runs well with no apparent problems when under power. When going downhill and then re-accelerating blue smoke (quite bad at times) appears for a short time and then clears. Can anyone suggest why? (motorhome)
Get engine scanned. I had same problem and just changed MAF sensor - or airFlow sensor. Anyway, thing measuring amount and temp of air coming into the engine - George from Ireland
Submitted: 22/08/2013 14:35:12 | ID: 20468
I have a well used Fiat Ducato with 150,000 miles which has a small slow oil leak,. It appears to come from behind and high up by a sheet metal plate between the engine block and the clutch housing. It drips out along it mainly from the bottom making a mess underneath, especially when driving, then basically stops after the engine is turned off. The problem has been going on for a year and any ideas would be gratefully received. Can anyone help please? (2.5 TDi)
Hi, are you sure it’s oil and not diesel? I had a similar problem with mine. It had a drip when the engine was running, so I traced it back to a seal in the diesel filter, (passenger side top). I just replaced the filter and everything was fine. - Nigel Watson from England
May be a split crankcase breather (rubber) hose. - Mike from Ireland
Submitted: 06/08/2013 16:31:33 | ID: 20413
I have just bought a Hymer 564 motorhome on a Fiat Ducato 1991. Everything is great except for one thing. I cannot select first, second or reverse without a great amount of trouble. My local garage said it’s me and they have no problem. My son has no problem either but me and my better half just cannot do it. There is so much play in it it’s not true. Can anyone suggest a specialist or help us, because we are both being driven round the bend?
Depending on the mileage, it is beneficial to change the engine and gear box oil; Flush the system out first and then refill. There nay be wear in the linkage and a google search will source you a chap in England whom retrofits the hymer setups. If the garage says it’s OK - perhaps it’s OK and the style of driving is not accustomed to the unit. Try and just be gentle with it, it’s a 20 year old engine when double clutching was not to far in the distance of the 90’s Good luck and don’t forget to stick a huge magnet on the gearbox to catch the 5th gear should it shred. Prevention rather than cure! - Fergal Doyle from County Antrim
I had similar problem. I discovered that the gearbox oil level was just below (as little as as a couple of mm) below the min level mark. Check your gearbox oil level and top up (if required) so that the level sits between min and max level (only about 5mm between these marks). The total oil vol is about 1.5 litres so carefull topping up. Made a huge difference to mine anyway. - Mike from Ireland
Hi, I had the same problem last year and looking through the service history from previous owners I noticed that they had only had the gearbox rebuilt 6000 miles previously (2 yrs.). So I contacted the rebuild chap and got it down to him (near the new forest). Turns out that the Ducato 1.9TD gearbox is not the greatest anyway and it has a breather on the top. Because motorhomes spend lots of time parked up, damp and water builds up around the breather and slowly seeps into the gearbox. This then emulsifies with the oil to form a milky liquid which once the gearbox runs acts like sandpaper and ultimately ruins the gearbox. I had to have the gearbox rebuilt again because this had happened, but the solution for the future; run the vehicle every 3 - 4 weeks throughout the year on a local run to warm up the oil hand to burn off any damp forming before it seeps in and at the beginning of every season change the gearbox oil (about 2 litres). Do not try to put oil in the box when on ramps as the actual filler point is too low on the box and you do not get enough in. Instead, take out the sensor on the top whilst on a flat surface and refill via this. If you have already lost 1st /2nd gear you may need a rebuild first but if it is just sticky a prompt oil change may keep the problem at bay - Stephen Rickard from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 06/08/2013 15:43:29 | ID: 20409
My Fiat Ducato starts and runs for a few minutes before it cuts off and won’t start. Cranking starts it and when I take the battery off it still runs for a few minutes. What should I do about this?
Submitted: 06/08/2013 15:13:58 | ID: 20402