Adelaide Sprinter Mechanic.

LionelM

Member
Does anyone know a good Sprinter mechanic in Adelaide? I've got a water leak somewhere above the alternator. Can't really see where it's coming from but it has a fast running drip when the engine is running.
 
Does anyone know a good Sprinter mechanic in Adelaide? I've got a water leak somewhere above the alternator. Can't really see where it's coming from but it has a fast running drip when the engine is running.
I would suspect that your water pump is weeping. If so, probably a good idea to check/change all the other pulleys, belt tensioner and serpentine belt at the same time.
Last year, I had the oil heat exchanger replaced at :

https://www.mbvcnorthside.com.au/en/desktop/vans.html

Not cheap, but you do get free coffee and a newspaper !
They are located pretty close to Vanworks too.
By the way, are you gunna continue your Blog ?
 

LionelM

Member
Thanks - I'll probably contact one of them in the morning.

I'll be going home on Sunday all being well so there's nothing much to put in my blog. However I do write a column in GoRV every month - often with my friend Murphy playing sadistic tricks on Yemmy. www.gorv.com.au and I'm often on Facebook - again with Yemmy's troubles often taking up room. https://www.facebook.com/lionel.mussell.

When the fanbelt broke recently the radiator boiled and I suspect it could have weakened hoses etc. I'll have a better look in the morning.

I really just want to make it driveable to get from Semaphore Park to Stawell and from there to Eric as I'm having a few auto box problems as well - flaring between gears if I use too much throttle and sometimes going into LHM. Stopping, turning off the engine and restarting after a couple of minutes and it's fine for many kms. I've just driven fron Atherton across the Barkly and then down to the Alice on my way to Adelaide. (Did Alice to Adelaide in two days - 1,530km
 
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LionelM

Member
I took Yemmy to a local repair shop to save driving to the one's recommended that were quite a way from where I'm staying at my son's place. It wasn't a water leak at all - it was the diesel pump and I'm waiting for a ring telling me how much it will be. (I'll be sitting down!) They seem quite knowledgeable and helpful. I wondered why Yemmy was so thirsty driving down the Stuart Hwy but put in down to the strong winds.
 

owner

Active member
My van is almost the same as yours Lionel, and Yep my pump started leaking at about 430k. All it was were the 3 bolts that hold the pump together from the back. They were totally loose. You have to remove the pump to get access to these bolts. Eric loctited mine in and it has been fine ever since.

So before you get stitched up for a new pump, get them to check those bolts. Its a tough call because you are having to trust these people to do the right thing, rather than line their pockets at your expense.
 

LionelM

Member
Owner I have just phoned the mechanic and he will investigate that in the morning. Thanks for the heads up.
 

LionelM

Member
...... and the good news is that it's not the pump and he's just waiting for two 'O' rings to come from Melbourne. The other two 'O' rings and something else he's sourced from MB Adelaide and Yemmy will be ready on Monday. He seems a great bloke and his business is Complete Auto in Peterhead.
 

Midwestdrifter

Engineer In Residence
Those pumps also sometimes leak from head cap O-rings. Not too hard to replace on the bench, and much cheaper than a new pump.
 

LionelM

Member
Yemmy was ready at lunchtime with the pump fitted with new O rings etc and no more leaks. The bill was for hundreds of dollars and not the much greater price if I'd had a new pump fitted. I have a gearbox problem that sometimes causes it to go into LHM but a short stop with ignition off and it's Ok for many kms. I'm heading home in the morning - just 500km left to do.
 

LionelM

Member
An interesting trip home! After getting through Adelaide's morning rush hour Yemmy decided to behave beautifully until near the SA/Vic border he wouldn't go any faster than 95 k/ph. I thought it was going to be a slow trip home but after stopping and checking for turbo hose leaks (it happened with a spit turbo hose once) I closed the bonnet and started up. It ran perfectly from there all the way home. Owner I need your code finding expertise - when are you at Eric's next?
 

owner

Active member
We are road tripping to Adelaide this week. Will be at Erics Thursday week. Eric is OK at using the Star diag machine, hes just a bit impatient with it you know how young fullas are these days.:lol:
 

PeterInSa

Member
Re ( pump fitted with new O rings)
Do these come in a kit and is it something you can do yourself.

Reason why I ask is that I have replaced my hi pressure pump in the past with a reconditioned one ( from memory around $700), and all good, am prepared to tighten up the 3 bolts as per owners comment if problems occur again, not sure if I do not service the Pump with the O rings/gaskets correctly its probably not worth saving say $550 if we have probs away from home.
 

LionelM

Member
I'd forgotten that Eric is a youngster! I'll be visiting him next week so I'll see how he goes with my set of peculiar problems. It's a bit weird how stopping and restarting seems to cure Yemmy's tricks for a while.

Peter - the 'O' rings were separate - he got two from MB Adelaide and the other two came from Melbourne. I didn't see the pump stripped to know what else was needed and the invoice didn't list the parts.
 

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