Sunday, April 13, 2014
Camshaft Partially seized in cylinder head
we own a Fiat Ducato 1.9d 2001. We bought it 7 months ago from a van dealer with no service history but had a mechanic check it out for us. Along with a few bits and pieces we had the cambelt changed. After 4 months use the gear box went and we were without it for 3 months while the garage attempted to get a part to fix it. Fortunately it was still under warranty. So the van in effect has only had 4 months use since we bought it. We went to go out the other day and it started first time. Hubby remembered he had left his wallet in the house so left it running while he went inside to get it. I was sitting in the van while it was ticking over when it shuddered and cut out. Hubby tried to start it again and there was just a click and nothing else. This happened about 3 times. He left it a while and then tried it again and there was a metallic scraping sound so he turned it off and we called the breakdown. They said the cambelt had gone and we sent it back to the garage to look at. I've now been told the cambelt hasn't gone although one of the teeth is marked but the camshaft has partially seized in the cylinder head of the engine and he wanted to know had it ever been starved of oil. I had no idea. It is now being looked at to see if the cylinder head can be repaired but will also need to look at the oil pump etc. This is as far as we know so far. Can anyone shed any light of what might have happened or the likely outcome.