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Post by Deneice on Wed May 13, 2015 7:39 pm

Hi all - hope I've come to the right part of the forum - if not please forgive a blundering newbie.
I bought a 1989 Flair about 2 weeks ago - love at first sight. A day or 2 into ownership she was quite badly overheating so.....had new thermostat housing and thermostat and when that didn't make any difference fitted a new sensor which seemed to do the job until the engine was idling and then whoosh - overheat after about 2 minutes standstill. Have just had a new fan clutch thingy and seems almost OK. Running the temp gauge sits about midway so - all good. On idle it does start to creep up a little although slowly and after 10 minutes of watching it like a hawk I turned it off (don't want to know if it goes any further - ostrich syndrome I think). scratch head
Are there any other old Flair owners on here who can say some soothing words and reassure me all is well. I have spent so much money trying to put my new old gal right and am not sure at what point I throw in the towel.
Thanks in advance for any help.
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Re: Newbie needs some reassurance......please!

Post by daisy mae on Wed May 13, 2015 8:18 pm

Hello and asof_welcome2 from Leicestershire.

Sorry cannot help you with your van, sure someone will be along soon who can, so don`t give up, these things come to try us so they say, You will soon be a happy camper travelling along in your home from home,   camper  it`s a great life.  up!

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Re: Newbie needs some reassurance......please!

Post by Deneice on Wed May 13, 2015 8:26 pm

Margaret - your welcome, happy waving campers and kind message have already cheered me up - THANK YOU!
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Post by Jaytee on Wed May 13, 2015 8:33 pm

Hi there and a big welcome to this great forum allthumbz

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Post by m8form8 on Wed May 13, 2015 9:06 pm

Hello, not quite sure about a transit mechanically then good to try the http://fordtransit.org/ forum. Some very knowledgeable chaps in there.  My 95 Transit gets very hot on hills, and I have discovered it is a lot to do with the automatic using a section of the main radiator as an oil cooler. It is a bit inadequate hence going over the Alps and on very long climbs she got very very hot. They suggested on the forum making a radiator cowl which later ones had to improve the effect of radiator cooling.  I am now looking for an old dustbin lid LOL. I would join the transit forum, its free.. Welcome to the forum from another older transit motorhome owner.  wave
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Wed May 13, 2015 9:35 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum from Bridlington 
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Re: Newbie needs some reassurance......please!

Post by Deneice on Wed May 13, 2015 11:06 pm

Thanks for the welcomes everyone - much appreciated.
Also good to hear the Alps story.........don't you panic when you see that gauge going up up up??? Think I have been traumatised by a van blowing up on me in New Zealand a few years back!!! Temp gauges stress me out.
Margaret - don't mind the PM at all and have tried to reply but it won't let me - I haven't posted enough yet apparently. Especially wanted to reply as I am a Norfolk gal originally.
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Post by -mojo- on Wed May 13, 2015 11:20 pm

What engine does it have? I owned a Flair with the 2.5l diesel engine and auto box for 8 years and I never had any issues with overheating. In fact I replaced the viscous radiator fan with an electric one, and it came on only twice in the whole 8 years I owned it (both times during long parking/levelling procedures at campsites).

I can second the recommendation for the Uk Ford Transit Owner's Forum, which gave me the answers to the few problems I had while I owned it.
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Re: Newbie needs some reassurance......please!

Post by Deneice on Thu May 14, 2015 8:18 am

It's a 2.0l petrol engine. 
Think I'll head along to the other owners' forum too - thanks.
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