About the ECU (or Electronic Control Unit)
Various ECU faults can arise on vans. It’s a shame to say but some vans are actually shipped by the manufacturer with common faults or ones which are likely to develop over time. Whilst not costing an absolute fortune to fix, ECU faults are irritating and can be very dangerous to drive with.
Examples of ECU failures that can arise due to various modules having issues within the ECU include power steering column failure, sunroof control failure, gauge and instruments panel failure, ignition failure, etc.
Often the location of the ECU can create issues such as a tendency for water damage and also heat damage due to the ECU location in some models.
Most ECU’s can be repaired in the region of £100 – £250 for remapping the ECU. Costs for repairs vary according to the make/model with some vans being more complex than others. One of the problems with remapping is that it can re-occur and therefore prove quite costly in the medium-long term and sometimes appear to be a problem, which never quite disappears.
In certain circumstances, it may not be possible to repair/remap an ECU (even when using very specialist ECU repair companies), in such cases, a replacement ECU will be needed.
The cost of replacing an ECU could write off a van quite easily. It’s advisable to buy second-hand models from scrapped cars, which are dramatically cheaper, and cost could a similar amount to remapping. A new manufacturer ECU is usually out of the question due to cost grounds, which is why second-hand ECU’s usually are quite popular and work well.
Sell a Van Today with a Broken ECU
ECU problems can be annoying and may be the final issue that makes you decide you want to sell your van. Don’t let this issue put you off contacting us, We Buy Broken Vans regularly buy vans with ECU issues – it’s “bread and butter” business for us. If we buy your van with an ECU fault and can’t fix it, we always have the option of breaking the van up for spares and selling these as a part of our regular business.
The First Step is to Contact We Buy Broken Vans
So, to sell your van with a faulty ECU contact us now on 0121 285 9859 or by mobile on 07582 859 859 (text us here too!). We can collect your van from anywhere in the UK mainland and can normally settle for cash within two days.
Other van faults
Fuel Injector Problems
The main issues affecting fuel injectors involve them becoming blocked and with deposit build-ups.
Turbo Engine Problems
Many manufacturers have vans with this type of engine, with two popular models being the Ford Transit and Vauxhall Vivaro.
Timing Chain Problems
We can save you the headache of paying for expensive timing chain replacement and associated costs.
Wiring Loom Repairs
With an unknown diagnostic bill and repair costs, many owners turn to a business like ours to sell a van complete with its wiring loom faults.
Engine Management Warning Light
We will buy your van at a fair price even if there is an engine management light showing.
Low Oil Pressure
We are happy to buy vans with declared oil pressure faults and do so on a regular basis.
There are many reasons for gearbox failure, but you can always speak to us for a cost-effective solution to buy your broken van.
One of the problems with DPF’s is that the problem seems fixed but then re-occurs, which is irritating to be back at square one.
A van with a faulty differential just can’t be safely driven. In older van models particularly, the repair/scrap equation tends to lean to scrap.
Fuel Pump Problems
You may decide you want to repair your van with a broken fuel pump, but if it all seems like too much hassle we are here to help.
MOT Failure Vans
If your van fails its MOT, a driver can be fined up to £2,500 and given 3 penalty points for driving a van with “dangerous” faults.
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