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Sorry for the off topic technical question (ford transit not SUV) but people on this group are a lot more helpful than on the transit group I belong to.
I have a mk2 transit camper, while out on a run yesterday I started getting a terrible noise from the water pump area.
Had it all apart today definitely water pump but also the viscous coupling bearing had fallen apart and jammed with the blade slightly offset, probably the reason the water pump bearing had gone.
Does anyone know if viscous couplings are all basically the same? I have one that came off a landrover discovery that looks practically identical and I think that it will physically fit without any problem, but wondered if they might operate at a different temperature.
Nice idea but that would involve a lot more work, I tried to get a proper replacement without success, I think that a later transit one might fit, but without getting one it was difficult to know.
Anyway I picked up a second hand coupling and fan blade for 30 euros from a local guy who breaks land rovers it should do the job and will take about 30 seconds to fit.
True but a far better solution & get an increase in power, which I'm sure you be welcome of :-)
Maybe a project for the future, at the moment I am trying to keep the cost down, it is due a CT (french mot) in December if I can get it passed the CT and emissions test, I plan to register it as a collection vehicle as it is over 30 years old, then the CT is only every 5 years and not so strict, but I need to get a normal CT done first before I can apply.
If I cannot get it through then it unfortunately will be sold off for parts or something hence I am only doing the bare minimum at the moment.
The camper is all back together again, the first thing I would like to say, is that I wish I had realized that it was so easy to remove the front panel/grill before I started. I removed everything with it in place but when I came to fit the new water pump I had problems lining up the little rubber tube from the pump that is behind the cambelt, so bought the bullet and removed the front panel to gain access, everything was so much easier to access then.
Anyway fitted the new pump and put everything back together. as far as the viscous coupling I didn't manage to locate the correct part, looking at various adverts on eBay the one for a MK3 transit appeared to be the same dimension, but without ordering one i wasn't sure that it would fit the fan blade that I had and wasn't game to pay out £50 plus shipping on the off chance.
Anyway I know a local guy that breaks landrovers and although the landrover coupling would not fit the transit fan blade, I picked up a Discovery tdi300 coupling and fan blade for 30€, the blade was about 3-4cm larger than the transit one, it also has 8 blades rather than 6 but fitted without any problem.
I took it out for a short run and all seems to be working fine, in fact before the problem the temperature gauge always showed halfway between cold and normal (unless I was climbing a long hill), now it appears to be sitting on normal, maybe because the coupling wasn't working properly it was being over cooled.
Anyway I hope to take it out on a longer run over the weekend, I will let you know if I have any issues.