Issues since being laid-up

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Issues since being laid-up

Post by ds8819 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:12 pm

Hi Guys

my bongo has been laid-up since 2015, i'm now trying to get it up and running again, however there are a few issues...

Obviously the battery was flat so had to try a jump start. After some considerable cranking I managed to get it to fire up but took a lot of effort as it was juddering a lot with lots of white smoke pluming from the exhaust. :(

It was ticking over very lumpy indeed, I assumed that it was a blocked injector/s so purchased some injector cleaner from halfords (stp) and added to the fuel tank. I restarted, letting it idle for an hour or so which it now does fairly smoothly, with no white smoke whilst idling now.

The issue now is that the maximum it will rev to is around 1800 rpm, at which point the white smoke billows out of the exhaust again. Should I add more cleaner to the fuel tank, or is there any other products that would provide a solution?

There are other issues too;
  • The ABS light is illuminated
    the fuel gauge does not work ( could this be a fuse? which fuse feeds it?)
    the interior light in the cab is constantly illuminated very dimly.
    The aft roof will not raise. ( i get the 'beeping' ) is there a way that I can test if the motor is ceised or failed?
Everything was working just fine before it was laid up.

I welcome all advice that will help get my Bongo back to its former operational state.

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David
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Re: Issues since being laid-up

Post by mikeonb4c » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:55 pm

Thats a long layup! What year is the Bongo? Diesel I presume? I think you should start by changing all filters, oil etc. then reassess. If it starts and runs better once engine warm then suspect gloplugs. Worth trying injector cleaner also i guess. ABS stuff is probably corroded/seized - maybe you could google to see if there's anything you could spray on the sensors. Very likely roof motors/switches have oxide on contact surfaces. Stsrt by stripping and cleaning switches and the handbrake sensor. If no luck then it may be motors and thats a lifting gear job so you might need a local specialist. Good luck, keep up posted.
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Re: Issues since being laid-up

Post by ds8819 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:12 pm

Hi

it is a P reg 1996 Diesel. yes it has been laid up for some considerable time, although i believe that they are parked-up in fields in Japan before being shipped to the UK.

thanks for your suggestions.

I have already added injector cleaner as stated in my original post, i will start with the fuel filter i think.

ABS - where are the sensors?

Glow PLugs - I was under the impression that these only operate during starting is this not correct? it actually starts immediately on the turn of the key.

Roof motor - is there a way of testing this eg. if power is getting to it?
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Re: Issues since being laid-up

Post by mikeonb4c » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:33 pm

ds8819 wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:12 pm
Hi

it is a P reg 1996 Diesel. yes it has been laid up for some considerable time, although i believe that they are parked-up in fields in Japan before being shipped to the UK.

thanks for your suggestions.

I have already added injector cleaner as stated in my original post, i will start with the fuel filter i think.

ABS - where are the sensors?

Glow PLugs - I was under the impression that these only operate during starting is this not correct? it actually starts immediately on the turn of the key.

Roof motor - is there a way of testing this eg. if power is getting to it?
Some thinking being parked up in Japan for long periods is what crudded up coolant systems. So add drain/flush/refill coolant system to the list as corrosion inhibiting ability of old antifreeze now probably zilch.

Gloplugs stay on after starting, subject to rpm and other control systems. Lumpy start from cold and white smoke are a classic symptom of gloplug issues (or low voltage to them due to tired battery) though there could be other causes. Depressing the throttle generally makes lumpiness worse in my experience with my Bongo probably best not doing that just in case you were.

Dont have ABS on mine, so cant help, sorry.

With motors, they may be getting power but things like position sensors/brushes/armature/whatever may have oxide preventing operation. My AFT went dead like yours and was fixed by fitting 2 expensive new motors. But you have to get at them first, and the roof is locked down. Hence lifting gear need.
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