Opel Vivaro Renault Trafic Nissan Primastar Vauxhall Vivaro Fuel Injector Problem

Opel Vivaro Renault Trafic Nissan Primastar Vauxhall Vivaro Fuel Injector Problem

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before that white vans in particular the Vauxhall Vivaro the Nissen prima star and the renault trafic new models were launched in 2006 costing up to 20,000 pounds they've become hugely popular for small businesses three different manufacturers three different bodies but one common problem a major design flaw that's costing white band drivers thousands white vans driven all over the country by plumbers builders locksmiths or landscapers there are national
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institution there are hundreds of thousands of these light commercial vehicles on our roads and if you make your living as a trades person the chances are that your business relies on one of them to survive and that means keeping it in working condition is vital Anna Richards used hers to supply audio-visual equipment to schools her white van of choice a 2-liter diesel Vauxhall Vivaro bought brand-new for fourteen thousand pounds in 2008 we
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wanted a van which was going to be reliable we thought we'd just reach buying you one so we'd have that protection but after four years at a hundred and seven thousand miles the engines stopped working diagnosis the four fuel injectors had blown the fuel injectors do exactly as the name promises they inject fuel into the engine in a very precise quantity and timing if they fail it should be a relatively simple fix your mechanic removes the broken injectors replace them with new ones and that's that the
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whole thing shouldn't cost more than a few hundred pounds but getting them replaced on Emma's Vivaro proved to be neither simple nor cheap she was told the four injectors couldn't be removed because somehow they'd become fused to the engine we were pretty shocked when we were given quite for nearly five thousand pounds the only solution that the garage could give us was to replace the entire engine and it turns out that the cause of the fuel injectors fusing is a design fault widely known across the motoring industry expert mechanic Mike O'Sullivan
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agreed to demonstrate using a 2008 Vauxhall Vivaro like the owned by Emma and a watering can whenever it rains the water runs down the windscreen towards a metal panel which holds the wipers this panel is supposed to be watertight but as you can see on some two-liter diesel Vivar OHS the seal doesn't do its job allowing the rainwater to leak through into the engine so the rain waters come underneath the panel through the seal you can see the water is dripping from
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this point down onto the cover on the top of the engine in these engines the fuel injectors sit right underneath that cover in the middle of a trough if the water begins to collect there it's extremely difficult for it to drain away meaning the metallic injectors can become submerged it holds the water next to the injectors which then is causing the corrosion between the engine and the injectors themselves then over time as the fuel injectors rust they eventually
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begin to fuse with the surrounding metal leaving them extremely difficult to remove an awful lot of damage all caused by the faulty seal on a panel at the bottom of the windscreen this is a major design flaw with these vehicles the seal they've been using is not fit for the purpose and yet when Emma complained Vauxhall denied all responsibility they said that they didn't know of this problem and that there was nothing they
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would do as a result we feel that voxels attitude towards us was absolutely appalling but we've discovered that this isn't just a problem with the two-liter diesel Bavaro because this vehicle shares its engine and design with two other models by different manufacturers than his son Prem star and the Renault trafic the three manufacturers started producing two liter diesel versions of the Vivaro prima start and traffic in 2006 other than cosmetic differences the
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three are pretty much identical and that means that the seal which is meant to stop water getting into the engine is also a problem on some of those fans to Florida Lisa Scott bought her 2008 2-liter diesel Renault trafic for her deliveries after 43,000 miles the van broke down and her mechanic identified fault he fused injectors is the problem all attempts to remove them failed we've just felt just absolutely gutted that we weren't able to get the
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injectors out and get the problem fixed Lisa went to Renault to ask for their help but just like Vauxhall it refused to accept liability telling Lisa she'd have to pick up the 6000 pound cost of replacing or fixing the engine in the end she was forced to sell the vanthu parts nobody was willing to take responsibility for the fact that I had a van that was originally worth ten thousand pounds and was now virtually I
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thought worthless so what about than this Sun prima star this is plaster a Gary Harris he'd only done 27,000 miles in his 2008 model when he broke down and a fuse broken injector was discovered when I went to miss Hamby this problem explained to me there was a 50/50 chance of removing the injector if they couldn't remove the injector ie it broke then the worst-case scenario which was
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their words it would then cost me five thousand eight hundred pounds plus B eighty I mean it was staggering I would never in my wildest dreams thought it was gonna cost me that amount of money Gary managed to keep the Prima start going for another 3,000 miles before a second injector went finally forcing the van off the road in the end Gary found a specialist mechanic who did manage to remove the broken fused injectors without destroying the engine how well it turns out the problem is now so well
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known in the industry the specialist tools have been developed that can be attached to a hydraulic device and used to remove the fused fuel injectors by using one of these and mechanic was able to get Gary's prima star going but just over a thousand pounds but he feels he shouldn't have to pay a penny that is in this hands full not lying so why is why should i as a customer have to pay all that money for something that is initially their fault so if this problem is so widespread but a special piece of
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kit has had to be invented to help us it right what should these three manufacturers be doing about it Vauxhall Nissan and Renault joined forces to produce these vans and engines now there's no question there's a problem they need to join forces again but this time to put it right Jeanne Buckley reporting there now tonight an admission from all three manufacturers that there is a problem with a fuel injectors fusing on a limited number of these vans and Nissan says it affects
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prima stars produced between May 2006 and September 2009 it's now offered to refund Gary the full cost of his that repairs renault says the problem occurs when the seal has been positioned incorrectly it affects some traffic vans built between August 2006 in January 2010 although Vauxhall denies it's a design fault it does admit the injectors can fuse if the seal is damaged by external fact on some of its pre 2014 vans it says it told Emma she would have received
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support if she took her Vivaro to a Vauxhall garage but this is a claim Emma rejects all three manufacturers say the instances of this damage are rare but that over the last couple of years they have put extended warranties in place to cover the cost of some or all of the repairs we've put full details of who qualifies up on our website but what about the people who'd already paid to have their vans repaired by the time the extended warranties were introduced or tonight all three manufacturers have agreed on a case by case basis to issue
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refunds depending on the age and mileage of the van and providing it was repaired by an authorized dealer the numbers you need to make your claim are all on your screens now and on our website there are hundreds of thousands of pounds at stake so get calling and let us know if you have a problem keep your stories coming in in the meantime here are a few more

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