Australia & Iveco Daily Immobiliser problems

Vantuner see’s a fair few Iveco Daily van ecu’s that need the immobiliser switching from the UK & of late , from Australia also.

Intermittent starting problems or a flashing key code light on the dash is a tell tale sign of a failed or failing immobiliser, cranking but not starting.  Its easily remedied but involves sending the engine ecu to me in the UK.

The job itself isn’t expensive as the are not expensive van’s  & a return fast courier takes about 3 days & costs £33 for 2003 to 2011 models  & £51 for the earlier,  heavier ecu ,  up to 2003 model. That’s an uninsured price, which isn’t a big problem on these as the ecu’s are cheap used fairly easily programmed to suit your vehicle just from info gained from your VIN.

 

More general info can be found on the main Iveco Daily Starting problems  / immo page , here.

Glasgow Transit Tuning Centre gets an important upgrade

 

Dan  @ In Transit Garage in Strathaven near Glasgow,  Vantuners Scottish  representative  &  true ford transit  maintenance expert , now has the latest ford tuning hardware  & can remap all current (as of Nov 2017) ford vans  via the van’s diagnostic socket, this makes tuning quicker , safer & easier to tweak. For an engine  software update for half the cost of dealer prices  or a power tune , please get in touch!

New additions :

1.6 2014 onwards Connect Mk2

1.5  Connect 2016 on

2.0 Transit Mk8 & Transit Custom

2.2 Transit & Transit Custom from about 2012 on.

For bookings & info Dan can be reached on 01357 521531 or directly on 07872 320173

www.InTransitGarage.com

 

2012 Transit 140 Sport – MPG & Top Speed – update after 60k.

On  recent 1500 mile run to Germany.

125mph on GPS

& 34 mpg on the on-board computer averaging 85mph

60k miles done so far on the current tune.

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4’s are doing 18k on the front also which is pretty impressive, although it is a £200 tyre !

Power wise, its the usual maxed out tune that these Euro 5 engine’s seem to  lap up  – so circa 180ps /420nm.

Latest Transit & Transit Custom Tuning & Speed Limiter Removal – (2017 Panther Engine 2.0 Euro 6)

Ford’s 2017 Transit Mk8 & Transit Custom,  now has an updated engine – the “Panther” 2.0  – complying to Euro 6 emissions specifications.

 

Available in 3 models there’s also an auto option, finally !.

105ps 360nm

130ps 385nm

170ps 420nm

As of June 2017 , thanks to the usual Italian hacker, they can now be tuned & delimited with all models capable of great gains in power & torque. Like most Ford diesels power varies a little from 1 van to the next but 190ps  /460nm is the ballpark figure.

Many tuning companies will quote  a little more to get you in the door, i quote what they really make, measured on a top quality dyno setup,  & get customers who value honesty, over hype, just like myself. They can be tuned without opening the ECU as well now so less concern for water ingress after the tuning or warranty considerations.

Most enquires i receive ask about the safely of the engines once tuned but like many models in various manufacturers ranges , one engine is used & its differing ECU firmware that determines the output power level.

So with lumps making up to 170 stock, 190 isn’t  pushing anything. The 105 & 130 are just detuned 170’s, thats one way of looking at it anyway 🙂

As a footnote to engine specs & types, a 2.2 Euro 6 is available on a MK8 mini bus chassis – most commonly as a 125ps  –  these make 175ps once tuned & for off highway use like airports, DPF & Adblue systems removal is available.

 

Ford Connect Euro 1.8 TDCI 2006 onwards EGR delete

So many Euro 4 ( & 1.8 Euro 5’s ) Transit Connect owners seems to have EGR valves failing these days, with running issues & P0490, P1103, P1102 P0404 Sensor Circuit A dtc fault codes seen very often.

The 90ps, 110 & 75’s are all affected. The DTC fault codes beginning 11 are “companion” air mass faults as well, but these are often just indicative of a faulty EGR, as one of the MAF sensor’s jobs is to monitor EGR performance. Vantuner can switch of the function of a faulty or working EGR in person or by post, at about a third of the cost of a new valve, which is a pricey Ford only supplied item as it comes complete with the entire intake manifold!

Plenty of discussion about this very problem on the Ford Transit Forum ( fordtransit.org)

EGR P0490 fault code

Its Curtains for 125ps & 135ps TDCI MK6 Transit Tuning.

Vantuner no longer tunes them, as they  are not  reliable & any tuning will add more risk to already over sensitive injection system.

One issue , on this Delphi injection system setup, is tolerance of rail pressure deviation, anything over approx 60bar from spec at full pelt (1600 bar) & you have limp mode. A standard van is kissing this limit anyway so even tuning which avoids any rail pressure increase directly will lower this margin..So they can run good apart from going into limp mode under full load intermittently.. What a load of bollocks.. The creators should be ashamed of themselves  – In ancient Greece, the word  Delphi may mean “Womb”.. Clearly Fords 1st common rail offspring has a birth defect.

Problem solving in cases like this van’s relies on a tuner having access to something called a description file, an “A2L ” a ” Damos ” , These  illegally gained manufacturer’s  files identify maps  & functions & would in this case allow the rail pressure deviation tolerance data to be increased, but no such files exist ( outside of Ford HQ) for  Fords of this vintage  so no go sadly.

LDV Convoy still a good van to tune

Usually of about 2003 vintage, the Convoy are  beast of a van, often long wheel base , twin wheel high roof etc. Great candidates for a camper conversion or for one man & his beard (& dog) road-home conversions etc.

Often 1st owned by like Royal Mail  & charities.They come with the excellent  Transit Duratorq 16 valve turbo diesel engine in either 75ps or 90ps limited to 62 or 70mph.. All Transit tuning & maintenance advice applies… the limiter is also easily removed..see this page :  Transit Service Tips

Ford Transit Diff Ratio’s & Axle Swaps

“My van is screaming its nuts off on the motorway”, is a common complaint & leads many owners of rear wheel drive Transits get in touch hoping a remap will fix it but it is a common misconception that a remap can truly change this.. Whilst more torque & a quieter tuned engine can sometimes give the impression of less rpm, its just an illusion,

The true  solution is a different axle ratio, achieved by an axle or diff change.. if you have a 5.11 or a 5.13 currently, an indicated 70mph will be made using about 3500rpm..Anything over 3000rpm can be noisy..I’d recommend 1 full “point”  so something in the low 4’s like a 4.27 would suffice without acceleration suffering too much. How about a 3.73 i hear you say ? X amount of torque will be needed depending on your model & usage so get in touch to discuss tuning options..Vantuner doesn’t do axle  / diff changes )

Using the Ford Etis database

Anyone can enter their registration number or VIN here & bring up quite a detailed spec of their van..follow this link & select vehicle.. if the option to enter reg isn’t showing, go back to the home page , select preferences  & select united kingdom. the reg number entry should now work.. if your reg wont work enter your VIN.  This is a handy service for looking up what axle ratio was originally fitted , among other things.. to search for items once the spec is shown without trawling through every entry, press CTRL F , this in many browsers brings up a search widget for the current pages shown content.