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So I've had the fuel distributor rebuilt by KMI.  My garage in France are saying the piston underneath the black bit is sticking, so I am getting inconsistent starting.  The car was laid up for 4+ years whilst being restored (don't ask) and with the starting issues we've had I have now added another 18 months of non-usage.  A google suggests its not unheard of for this to gum up with old fuel.

Ignoring the fact that I'm disappointed it didnt form part of the rebuild (I am not sending it to UK from France again and paying £150 duty/VAT for the privilege of getting my part back) is this something a competent garage should be able to do?  If it is a specialist thing, does anyone know anywhere in the EU I can get it sent for repair?  It's getting silly now.

I would love to have a go myself but the part is NLA, I am totally incompetant beyond fitting a new plug so that route is a no-no because if I break it I'm snookered.  I wonder if that is what the garage thinks, too.  I have a feeling were I in UK I could find a Porsche specialist who would sort it all no problem but not being fluent in French I am struggling to get it done here.  I think the garage I am using are putting it on the 'too difficult' pile.

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I would be very surprised if KMI havent cleaned everything, their service is second to none, saying that, your description leave me a little confused still!

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I rebuilt my WUR using a kit from T&S Technik.  It was very good.

 

They do a rebuild kit (with instructions) for the FD - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/384627588609?hash=item598d973e01:g:y10AAOSwooFdyA68

 

If all that is required is to pull the top off, thoroughly clean the piston (and slots), how hard can it be 😇

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Yeah I have to say they seem very good, their reputation is unimpeachable and they are very helpful.  I am just at a dead end I feel.  Maybe I get it back, suffer the occasional ignominy in the petrol station whilst I wait for it to start and find someone else to look at it.  Would help if I wasnt moving to Spain in the next couple months.  For all I've seen this bloody car in the last 5 or 6 yeaars I may as well not have it.

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If you’re anywhere near Le Mans, hand it to one of us DDKers who are heading to ClassicLeMans at the end of June.  Then put a call out for someone travelling the other way to bring it back & save some duty

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Well update is KMI most helpful as their reputation would suggest.  I think I'll be sending it back for them to double check and VAT/Duty will be the winners. 

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If you send stuff from France to UK for repair there is no charges to pay inbound into the UK, you must just complete the paperwork properly.

Customs codes are easily found on the net.

I use Parcelmonkey and I've not had a problem.

For return its a bit more tricky, but if you have an invoice for zero as its a warranty issue you will only have to pay the Douane (customs) charge for inspection.

I also hear (unconfirmed) that if you use the post-office (parcelforce, not DHL UPS etc) into France, it's likely that you will not receive any charges.

On a side-note, I used the guy in Brisbane Australia for my injection gear and the service was excellent.

Cheers

Steve

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