Van faults can crop up at any time, regardless of the make, model or age of your vehicle. However, there are some vans which are susceptible to specific, known issues which are worth bearing in mind.

The Vauxhall Combo, Fiat Doblo and Peugeot Bipper are all perfect examples of this since versions with the 1.3 litre engine onboard are united by the fact that timing chain troubles are commonplace.

So how does this fault manifest itself, what can you do if it occurs and can you still sell a van with a dodgy timing chain? Read on to find out more.

Why timing chains matter

Without a timing chain, a van will almost instantly become a non-runner. This is not a part which can fail without bringing the whole vehicle to a shuddering halt, since it keeps the engine synchronised.

In most cases you can expect a van’s timing chain to survive from the day it rolls out of the factory to the point at which the entire vehicle is ready to be scrapped. The problem is that not all vans are equipped with components that live up to these expectations of reliability.

Common complications

The Vauxhall Combo, Fiat Doblo and Peugeot Bipper are amongst the UK’s top-selling vans, but that does not mean that they are without any flaws. The 1.3 litre HDi engine, in particular, are prone to timing chain faults. Furthermore, if this part fails it can render the entire engine a write-off, meaning the whole unit needs to be replaced.

Of course, even if you do manage to catch the fault early and replace the timing chain before it goes awry, there are significant costs to pay to fit the new chain, since it involves removing the entire engine and is very labour intensive.

Sell a van with a timing chain fault

Whether your Vauxhall Combo, Fiat Doblo or Peugeot Bipper van is getting long in the tooth and is thus more likely to be hit with a timing chain disaster at any point, or you have already suffered this fate, We Buy Broken Vans is here to help.

We buy vans of all types, regardless of whether they are repairable or ready to be broken down for parts.

You can get a quote for your van with a timing chain fault using our online valuation tool and you do not even need to worry about getting it to us, as we offer national collection across the mainland UK.

So if your van’s timing chain is on the brink of breaking, or has already tipped over the edge, you can still sell it and recoup some cash to fund a replacement.

Contact us to sell a broken van

We can guide you through the process of selling a faulty van if you get in touch online or give us a call on 0121 285 9859 or 07582 859 859 at your convenience.


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