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Van Hastings Repairs

Van Repairs Hastings

Van Parts Supplied and Fitted by local garages

Van Paint Resprays
Paint resprays for minor scratch damage to the Van paint surface or coating; Custom paintwork to make your Van different using metallic paints, pearlescent pigments or company colours.

Van Suspension System
Van replacement shock absorbers & springs fitted for front or rear suspension problems, broken springs. Custom suspension systems installed, lowering springs fitted

Van Timing Belt - Van Cambelt
Van Timing Belts replaced as part of a planned Van service or if the Timing Belt on your Van has snapped then a full engine inspection for valve & piston damage

Van Fuel Pumps
Often replaced at a milestone service if the fuel pump is operated by the Timing belt

Van Clutches
Van clutch repairs Hastings - Checking for leaks and repairing-replacing the clutch master-slave cylinder and fitting a new Van Clutch kit

Van Starter Motors
Replacement Van Starter motors installed

Van Engines
Van Engine repairs, cylinder head skimming, valves & pistons

Van Body Panels
Replacement Van panels fitted & sprayed to match - Light Van Panel damage repairs

Van Electrical Components
Van electrical faults repaired using Van OEM components - Van sensors checked e.g. Lambda sensors, air flow meters etc

Van Oil Change & Filters Replaced
Van Air filters, pollen filters; oil filter & fuel filter replaced, engine oil changed - Multigrade or Synthetic oils

Van Exhausts
Van Engine manifolds, Front box, Back box, catalytic converter and exhaust pipes for Van Exhausts fitted & welded

Van Tyres
Steel wheels, alloy wheels and tyres repaired and replaced with cheap tyres, run-flat tyres or low profile & performance tyres depending upon your budget and driving requirements. Part-Worn tyres may be available for your Van model

Van Performance Spares
OEM Van parts fitted or replaced with alternative performance parts

Van Brakes
Routine Van servicing, replacement Van brake pads & discs fitted, Van hydraulic pipework and joints inspected, repaired or replaced for a complete braking system overhaul

Van Cooling System
Replacement Van radiators fitted, cooling system pipework inspected for leaks and cooling fluid replaced to keep your Van engine at its optimal operating temperature

Van Autoelectrics
Van electrical faults diagnosed - OBD fault finding - Van engine fault codes checked & service lights reset - ECU problems, key coding and CANBUS systems checked

Van Alternators
Replacement Van alternators fitted

Van EGR Valves
Replacement Van EGR valves - ensure the exhaust gas recirculation system is functioning correctly on your Van - The EGR valve helps your Van burn fuel more efficiently by recirculating a portion the exhaust gas through combustion chamber and helps reduce Van engine emissions; a broke or sticking EGR valve can be the cause of an MOT failure due to excessive emissions

Van Gearboxes
Van Manual & Automatic gearbox servicing & repair - Fitting a new or reconditioned Van gearbox

Hastings Brake Fitting - New Disc Brakes & Pads

The brake pedal controls the Master Cylinder (a fluid filled hydraulic piston) that transfers stopping power to the brakes

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc

Van brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle

Modern Van braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

Van Hydraulic Disc Brake and Drum Brake Systems

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

Drum Brakes are an older system than Van disc brakes and use two half moon shaped brake shoes that move outwards during use to apply a frictional stopping force against the inside of a brake drum

Hydraulic braking pressure forces a brake calliper to press the brake pads against the disc to apply the necessary stopping force

Van disc brakes have a pair of high friction brake pads mounted either side of a brake disc

Drum Brakes, if fitted, are usually found on Van rear wheels

Van Brake Servicing - Van Brake Discs and Pads

The brake pads on your Van should wear first

if the Van brakes overheat and are allowed to cool with pressure still applied for m the brake pads/shoes then it is possible for the disc to warp.

If the Van brake discs warp then they should be replaced immediately

Van brake discs will wear and need replacing eventually and should be inspected for pitting

Van Brakes will safely function correctly without the need for replacement for many thousands of miles

Van Brake Servicing & Inspection Hastings

Hand brake linkage condition

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Brake calliper operation

And carry out the following maintenance of your Van braking system:-

Handbrake function and travel

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Brake pipe Condition

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

General brake disc condition

Wheel cylinder condition

Adjust handbrake

ABS warning light operation

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Brake drum condition

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Clean and remove brake dust and loose corrosion and dirt from drums

Van Steering - Steering System Inspection

Common symptoms of Van steering alignment problems include:-
Vehicle Drift - Your Van tends to pull left or right when travelling in a straight line
Modern Power steering and Drive by Wire Systems do not have the same mechanical linkages between the steering column and drive wheels making it difficult to 'feel' how the steering is performing.

The tyre tread is rapidly removed from the inner or outer tyre edge of your front tyres

The tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than necessary until the steering rack is adjusted to bring your wheels into correct alignment

One of the first signs of a potential problem with your Van steering system is uneven tyre wear

Van Steering, Wheels & Tyres:-

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Steering Condition

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Van Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Van Services: Brakes Servicing and Repair

Brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service.

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle.

The brake pedal is attached the Master Cylinder; a fluid filled hydraulic piston.

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc.

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

Replacement Van Cambelt - Timing Belt

If the timing belt snaps it will most probably cause serious engine damage. The camshaft stops turning with some of the valves left in the open position. In a Free Running Engine there is enough clearance between a fully open valve and the piston head to avoid serious damage. In an Interference Engine there is no clearance and the engine relies upon accurate timing to keep the valves and piston head separated. With a broken timing belt; the inertia helps the crankshaft to rotate freely forcing the pistons to strike the open valves resulting in damaged valves, pistons, and possibly even damage to the cylinder head

The Timing Belt synchronizes the camshaft to the crankshaft position ensuring the valves open and close at the correct time in relation to the piston. Some vehicles use a cam chain in place of the belt or a timing gear system instead

Generally Van belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if you have just bought a secondhand Van that has 40,000 to 80,000 miles then it is important to know if the timing belt has been replaced or needs replacing. Check the Van Owner's manual for your model for the recommended changing frequency

Since Van Timing Belts are hidden inside the engine they tend to be forgotten when purchasing a used Van

The toothed belt connecting the engine crankshaft to the camshaft is known as the Cambelt or Timing belt

Often it is prudent to replace a combination of items associated with the timing system. Most of the needed Van parts can be obtained as timing kits containing the appropriate timing components; such as: Van timing belt
timing belt tensioners
timing belt tensioner idler roller
front lower crank shaft seal
water pump gasket

Timing belts must be replaced at a specified manufacturer's interval. The timing belt should also be inspected regularly and replaced immediately if there is any evidence of cracking or fraying cuts or excessive wear

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

Hastings:- Van Replacement Clutch

Van Clutch failure often occurs when one or more of the high friction surface materials wears out on the disc. Even when the pressure plate is engaged and a clamping force is applied, there is no longer sufficient friction to transmit power without the clutch slipping. Normally the Van clutch disc and pressure plate are replaced. Replacing the Van Clutch is a major operation and it is sometimes advisable to replace a number of items, often supplied as a Van Clutch kit:-
Van clutch disc
pressure plate
release bearing
pilot bearing - bushing (when required)
internal Van clutch slave cylinder

Disengaging the clutch acts on heavy-duty release springs to isolate the pressure plate so that the disc is no longer pressed against the flywheel

When the clutch is dis-engaged the clamping force is removed so the clutch disc spins with the flywheel and no power is transmitted

The Van clutch disc is, not surprisingly, a disc with each side covered in a high friction material. It is designed to engage with the high-friction surfaces of the pressure plate and flywheel. It is also designed to transmit power to theVan transmission system

The centre of the clutch disc has a spline pattern that matches splines on the power input shaft of the transmission system

The pressure plate comprises heavy-duty release springs, a metal pressure ring acting as a high friction surface to interact with the clutch disc, a thrust ring (or thrust fingers) for the release bearing, and release levers

Engaging the clutch forces the clutch against the flywheel transmitting power from the crankshaft to the transmission shaft

Van Fuel Injectors - Fuel Injection

Van Fuel Injection
Fuel injection systems mix fuel with just the right amount of air for optimal combustion & energy release in an internal combustion engine

LPG Petrol or Diesel Metering
Fuel Injection systems have replaced carburetors for the accurate mixing and delivering of petrol, lpg or diesel fuel in modern Van vehicles

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Van fuel injection system is controlled by a mini-computer or Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that assimilates data from a series of temperature sensors and oxygen or lambda sensors providing feedback to help optimise fuel efficiency and power under a variety of conditions

Van Re-Mapping Hastings
The Van ECU can be replaced with a programmable ECU or re-mapped to electronically alter the engine performance characteristics

Van Engine Mapping
The Van ECU controlling engine performance is pre-programmed with software containing embedded data on engine performance for different combinations of engine speed and acceleration

Van Maintenance - Oil & Filter Change Hastings

Oil Change Frequency
The mechanics rule of thumb with traditional multigrade engine oils used to be "change the oil every 3000 miles" but many vehicle manufacturers indicate 5000 to 7000 miles. Initially, follow the Van recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

Oil & Filter Change
A new Van oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist Van engineer and is minimal compared to the cost of an Engine Rebuild; with regular maintenance and routine servicing working out cheaper than disaster recover when your Van engine fails

Synthetic Oil Change - Hastings
Modern synthetic oils can last longer than old petroleum based multigrades because they are more inert with a laboratory designed molecular structure and fewer natural catalytic impurities that increase oil breakdown compared to the cheaper engine oils

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Van motor is the job of sacrificial anti-oxidants present in the lubricating oil; Anti oxidants are sacrificed to protect your engine and will eventually be depleted making it necessary to change your oil regularly

Oil Change Masterclass
Keep a small amount of the engine oil used in your next oil change in a sealed container; then when you check your oil level with the dipstick you can compare the lubricity or lubricating properties of the oil against your fresh oil:- If the oil on the dipstick seems thin compared to your reference oil sample; it may be time to get an oil change to keep your Van running smoothly

Oil Composition
Engine Lubricating Oil is composed of hundreds of chemicals; some can interact chemically, polymerise, oxidise and break down with the extreme conditions of temperature & shear forces pulling the oil molecules apart in your Van engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Moisture Scavengers - Detergents - Acidity Regulators
Moisture scavengers, detergents and acidity regulators prevent all kinds of contaminants degrading and abrading the internal moving surfaces of your Van engine minimising the effects that water, particles, and fuel combustion residus can have on Van performance
Once they have absorbed the maximum amount of water and other contaminants; the risk of corrosion and failure in your in your Van engine increases

Van Exhaust Fitting Hastings

The Van exhaust system allows poisonous gases from the fuel combustionto vent into the atmoshpere away from the driver and cabin

Corroded exhaust pipes allow fumes and noise to escape; increasing the risk of poisonous carbon monoxide entering the cabin and significantly increasing noise making detection an easy task

The exhaust pipework helps muffle and deaden the noise from the fuel combustion process

Explosions from the instantaneous ignition of the compressed fuel and air igniting in the combustion chamber creat a lot of noise that needs to be silenced in the urban environment

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  • ABS Pump Modulator Combined
  • ABS Pump
  • ABS Modulator
  • ABS Sensor
  • ABS Ecu
  • ABS Control Unit

Van Aircon (Air Conditioning)

  • Van AC Receiver Drier
  • Van AC Evaporator
  • Van AC Fluid Top Up
  • Van AC Compressor
  • Van AC Pump
  • Van AC Condenser
  • Van AC Radiator

Van Fuel, Oil & Air Filters

  • Van Air Filter
  • Van Fuel Filter
  • Van Cabin Air and Pollen Filter
  • Van Transmission Filter Kit
  • Van Oil Filter

Van Sensors

  • Van Oxygen Sensor
  • Van Air Flow Mass Meter
  • Van Temperature Sensor

Van Electrical Components

  • Van Spark Plugs
  • Van Fuel Pump
  • Van Water Pump
  • Van Thermostats
  • Van Ignition Coil
  • Van Spark Plug HT Leads
  • Van Bulbs
  • Van ECU Mapping Remap
  • Van Electronic Control Unit
  • Van Heater Blower Motor
  • Van Starter Motor
  • Van Headlights
  • Van Cooling Fan
  • Van Oxygen Sensor
  • Van Tail Lights
  • Van Fog Lights
  • Van Antenna
  • Van Window Motors
  • Van Alternator
  • Van Parking Light
  • Van Heater Core
  • Van Lambda Sensor
  • Van Eibach Pro Kit

Van Wheel Components

  • Van Ball Joints
  • Van Control Arm
  • Van Alloy Wheel Repairs
  • Van CV Joint Boot Kit
  • Van Axle Assembly
  • Van Tyres

Van Brake Servicing

  • Van Brake Slave Cylinder
  • Van Brake Drums
  • Van Brake Pads
  • Van Brake Servo
  • Van Brake Compensator Valve
  • Van Brake Rotor
  • Van Brake Calipers
  • Van Brake Master Cylinder
  • Van Brake Discs

Van Clutches

  • Van Clutch Kit
  • Van Dual Mass Flywheel
  • Van Clutch Slave Cylinder
  • Van Clutch Cable
  • Van Clutch Master Cylinder
  • Van Clutch Pressure Plate
  • Van Clutch Pedal
  • Van Flywheel

Van Exhausts

  • Van Exhaust System Complete
  • Van Silencer
  • Van Exhaust Pipes
  • Van Exhaust Manifold
  • Van Exhaust Box
  • Van Exhaust
  • Van Catalytic Converter (Catalyst)
  • Van Tailpipe
  • Van Oxygen Sensor
  • Van Lambda Sensor
  • Van Muffler
  • Van EGR Valve

Van Engine Components

  • Van Timing Belt Kits
  • Van Ignition Coil
  • Van Timing Chain Kits
  • Van Pistons and Cylinder
  • Van Distributor Cap & Rotor
  • Van Fuel Injector
  • Van Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Van Engine Mounts

Hastings Gasket Fitting

  • Van Valve Cover Gasket
  • Van Cylinder Head Gasket

Van Lubrication System

  • Van Oil Filter
  • Van Oil Pump
  • Van Oil and Hydraulic Fluid
  • Van Fuel Cap
  • Van Oil Cap
  • Van Oil Sump and Plate

Van Misc

  • Van Radiator
  • Van Throttle Body & Cable
  • Van Tie Rods
  • Van Steering Rack
  • Van Radiator Pipes
  • Van Serpentine and V Belt
  • Van Struts
  • Van Power Steering Pump
  • Van Wiper Blades
  • Van Bonnet Latch and Strut
  • Van Power Steering Hoses
  • Van Shock Absorbers
  • Van Windscreen Wipers
  • Van Hood Emblems

Van - Suspension & Springs

  • Van Timing Belt or Cambelt
  • Sway Bar
  • Van Additional Suspension Components
  • Spring Condition
  • Idler arm
  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of Van bush wear
  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Struts
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • Rubber Grommets
  • Tie Rods
  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Rubber Bushes
  • Suspension Struts
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends
  • Ball Joints

Common Van Problems

  • Engine Won't Start
  • Blocked Fuel injectors
  • Fails Emissions Test
  • Knocking sound
  • Clutch Won't work
  • Corroded Brake Pipes
  • Blue Smoke From Exhaust
  • Tyres vibrate
  • Cylinder head leaking
  • Window stuck
  • Clutch slips at high revs
  • Timing Belt Loose
  • Judder when braking
  • Engine Pings or Knocks
  • Can't get into gear
  • Van keeps stalling
  • Tyre outside edge wears quickly
  • Engine Temperature Warning Light On
  • Engine Stalls
  • Engine Oil Warning Light On
  • Warning Lights On
  • Battery Keeps going flat
  • Fuse keeps blowing
  • Seatbelt Locked
  • Clogged Van air filter
  • No pick up for first gear
  • Van Immobiliser
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • Noisy Brakes
  • master cylinder leaking
  • Brakes Pull To One Side When Braking
  • White Smoke From Exhaust
  • Coolant Leaking
  • Injection System Warning Light
  • No Power When Accelerating
  • Heater Not Working
  • Engine Misfires
  • Van Check Engine Light On
  • My Van Won't Start
  • Loud Engine Noise
  • Low Brake Pedal
  • Leak in coolant system
  • Van Headlights not working
  • Van check engine light on
  • Clutch juddering
  • Engine Idles Rough
  • Front Tyres wearing quickly
  • Slipping when cold
  • Tyre inside edge wears quickly
  • Thrust bearing worn
  • slave cylinder leaking
  • Dim headlights on engine idle
  • Clutch pedal on floor
  • Air Conditioning Not Working
  • Poor Fuel Economy
  • Clutch slips if revved hard
  • Engine Idle Surge
  • My Van Does Not drive Straight
  • Steering Pulls To One Side
  • Automatic Locks Not Working
  • Spongy Brakes
  • Van Radiator fan not working
  • Power steering feels stiff
  • Engine Overheating
  • Flywheel Vibrating
  • Van Lights not working
  • Vacuum Leak
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