Ford Transit Repair Nanaimo

A 2024 Ford Transit® van towing a trailer down a wooded roadTransit Servicing Experts

Whether you use your transit van for the skilled trades, camping van life, or even delivery around town we can help you keep your commercial vehicle in top shape.

We are a professional diesel specialty shop in Nanaimo focusing on diesel engines and fleet management.  

Types of Transit Vans

  • Transits and Transits Connects
  • Cargo Vans & Passenger Vans
  • XL Models and XLT Models

Why CHoose Expert Diesel Repair

Different applications lead to varying wear and maintenance demands.

Transits converted into camper vans often change hands several times, and undisclosed problems can accumulate with each new owner. Light off-road use in these vehicles may lead to more frequent suspension issues, alignment challenges, and wheel damage.

Transits deployed for skilled trades are generally well-kept, accruing substantial highway mileage. However, even occasional off-road use can bring about similar wear and tear as mentioned above.

Delivery Transits typically require the most attention due to their intensive city usage and the high number of kilometers they rack up daily.

Common Ford Transit Van Problems

The Ford Transit, a stalwart in the van market since 1965, has emerged as one of the leading choices for van buyers worldwide. With four distinct generations, each iteration has introduced substantial improvements, cementing the Transit’s reputation as a reliable and trusted vehicle.

Despite its global popularity and high sales, the Transit, like any vehicle, isn’t immune to issues. Let’s delve into some common problems that Transit owners might recognize.

1 – Power Loss Notably reported in the 2016 model, owners have experienced unexpected power loss, often preceded by an illuminated check engine light. Possible culprits include:

  • Clogged Fuel and Air Filters: These filters prevent debris from entering vital systems but can become obstructed themselves, leading to insufficient fuel flow and a lack of air reaching the combustion chamber, causing the engine to struggle.

  • Blocked Fuel Injectors: Dirt accumulation can impede fuel flow, reducing engine power and possibly leading to misfires or a noticeable fuel smell.

  • Obstructed Exhaust System: Accumulated debris within the exhaust can hamper functionality, necessitating a clean-out to restore power.

  • Faulty Compression Components: Compromised valves or head gaskets may affect engine compression, significantly decreasing power.

  • Engine Warning Light Activation: While this light signals engine issues, it can also trigger a safety mode, reducing power to prevent potential accidents.

For these power-related issues, it’s wise to consult a professional technician for a thorough diagnosis and solution.

2 – Brake Wear Research indicates that Transit models, particularly from 2015 onwards, experience premature brake wear, especially in the rear brakes.

  • Misaligned Brake Pads: Incorrect alignment during installation can lead to rapid wear, particularly of the rear pads.

  • Advanced Traction & Stability Control Programs: While enhancing safety, these systems frequently engage the rear brakes for stability, contributing to faster wear.

  • Caliper Malfunctions: Sticking calipers can cause the brake pads to remain in contact with the rotors, wearing them down prematurely.

  • Driving Conditions: Harsh or varied driving conditions, such as frequent stopping in traffic, can also accelerate brake pad wear.

To extend the life of your brake pads, invest in high-quality replacements and ensure they are installed by an expert.

3 – Inadequate AC Cooling Some Transit owners, especially of the 2015 model, have reported ineffective air conditioning, struggling to cool below 80°F.

  • Debris Buildup: Regular AC use can lead to clogged vents; routine servicing is advised to clear blockages.

  • Electrical Issues: Short circuits from wear or improper accessory installation can impede AC performance.

  • Blocked Condenser: Debris can obstruct the condenser, hampering its ability to cool the air effectively.

  • Faulty Compressor: A damaged compressor may circulate warm air, negating the cooling process.

  • Clogged Cabin Air Filter: A dirty or damaged filter can restrict airflow, diminishing cooling capabilities.

4 – Diesel Smoke Issues TDCI engines might emit black smoke and lose power due to a sticking Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve. Temporary fixes include tapping the valve to close it, but a permanent solution requires replacement.

5 – Temperature Sensor Failures Newer Transits measure the engine’s metal temperature rather than the coolant. Faulty sensors can lead to incorrect shutdowns or starting problems, requiring sensor replacement.

6 – Engine Cut-Outs and Restarts The use of Dual Mass Flywheels in modern diesels can lead to wear over time. Under stress, they may distort, causing disengagement from the Crankshaft Position Sensor or impact it directly, resulting in power loss or engine cut-outs. The only definitive fix is a costly flywheel replacement.

For Transit owners, these issues may resonate as common hurdles. However, proper maintenance and timely repairs can help ensure that your Transit continues to serve reliably.

Areas We Service

  • Nanaimo & Vancouver Island
  • North Vancouver
  • Aldergrove
  • Langley

We have 6 locations, with unique skills making us the experts located near you.

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Ensure that every step of the way your commercial vehicle is expertly serviced.