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Self destructing diff

Heard strange noice under the car - like running over a cardboard box. Had a look underneath but could see nothing. Drove about half a mile to get home and parked the car in my garage - the diff then deposited itself on the floor!
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Nice!

What make and model do you have? And will it be covered by the warranty?
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That cant be good and it better not be a JTD...........
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Christ! Hope itīs a 1.2!
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I'd have thought it be something bigger than 1.6 or the guy's been driving it like he stole it! Doubt the 1.2 would manage to do that!
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Well guys it's a 1.6 Active Aircon with 12000 miles on it ! I've owned many cars over the years( I'm 61) and used to rally in my youth but never managed to destroy a transmission or engine. One exception was a Ford V6 I bolted into the back of a VW Microbus - didn't quite get the cooling right which resulted in a spectacular blowup! Car is booked into dealer for 4th Jan - will post an update after that.
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Hi Neptune. Could you confirm the model of your Stilo for me. I have looked on the Fiat site and can't find an Active Aircon in a 1.6. Is this an early model that is discontinued now.Glad to meet someone on here my nearer my age as well I'm 58.
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Hi Brian, Yes it is a 1.6 Active Aircon - 03 plate first registered August 2003. Possibly model range has changed as I see it is not offered as a current model. I have just crawled out from under the car & used a mirror to look at the damage. The entire diff casing has been destroyed so I am nor quite sure how the bits remained in place for the trip home. My guess is that the retaining pin on the shaft(pictured) fell out causing everthing to let go and when I stopped & reversed into my garage the bits then fell out of the hole.
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I have an Active Sport and unfortunately when I bought it in march 04 aircon wasn't an option and still isn't. I have 6000 miles on it now, I hope I haven't got to look forward to my diff falling out when I get to 12k. It sounds like you were lucky to get home. Good job it's still under warranty.
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Just had another look on The Fiat web site and they still do an Active Aircon 1.6 in The Multiwagon version.
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I have just crawled out from under the car & used a mirror to look at the damage. The entire diff casing has been destroyed so I am nor quite sure how the bits remained in place for the trip home. My guess is that the retaining pin on the shaft(pictured) fell out causing everthing to let go and when I stopped & reversed into my garage the bits then fell out of the hole.
Any chance of getting a photo under the car ?

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Thinking about it, something must have come out of the diff to make the hole. Either that or the speed humps are high around your area.
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Quote Originally Posted by PureTNT
Christ! Hope itīs a 1.2!
No lets not hope its a 1.2
Infact i dont hope it happens to anyone else
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Not seen any other posts with similar problems! So could be a case the cardboard box sound might have been a box, could have been a nice fat rock! Either that or you've just been unlucky with your car.
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I doubt very much if anything external was responsible - the area of damage is too high up and behind the engine - where the sideshafts meet. The shaft shown in the photo probably did the damage as it started to come adrift & rotated. To get a photo I would have to raise the car up which is a bit of a problem but will try tomorrow - my garage is so small you have to step outside to change your mind!
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