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  Topic: Running Issues: sputtering, bucking, etc. [SOLVED!]
vanagonforever

Replies: 9
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu May 03, 2018 10:39 am   Subject: Re: Running Issues: sputtering, bucking, etc.
OMFG.... well the good news is that I solved the problem. The bad news is that I'm kicking myself for not catching it sooner.

So I tried the ECU that Desmond's graciously loaned me but it turned ou ...
  Topic: Running Issues: sputtering, bucking, etc. [SOLVED!]
vanagonforever

Replies: 9
Views: 1100

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:49 pm   Subject: Re: Running Issues: sputtering, bucking, etc.
My heroes at Desmond's Auto here in Baltimore are going to let me borrow a working ECU to give that a shot. I'll update with the results tomorrow. Seems like a long shot. I've read when your ECU is ba ...
  Topic: Running Issues: sputtering, bucking, etc. [SOLVED!]
vanagonforever

Replies: 9
Views: 1100

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 8:12 am   Subject: Re: Running Issues: sputtering, bucking, etc.
Oh and I detached the ECU and shook it just to see if I could hear a rattling sound and nope. No rattle noise at all.
  Topic: Running Issues: sputtering, bucking, etc. [SOLVED!]
vanagonforever

Replies: 9
Views: 1100

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 8:04 am   Subject: Running Issues: sputtering, bucking, etc. [SOLVED!]
I've got a stock 86 Vanagon that has run like a champ for over a year of daily driving. Silky smooth and glorious. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a subtle change to the power curve. It felt weak unde ...
  Topic: Time to play NAME THAT WIRE!
vanagonforever

Replies: 12
Views: 616

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:43 pm   Subject: Re: Time to play NAME THAT WIRE!
My current plan is to use one step up awg wire from the metric wire (just learned metric wire was a thing today) and I'm reusing the connectors by using splice connectors and a proper crimping tool wi ...
  Topic: Time to play NAME THAT WIRE!
vanagonforever

Replies: 12
Views: 616

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:57 am   Subject: Re: Time to play NAME THAT WIRE!
I'm having trouble making sure I'm using the correct gauge wire. The ebrake sensor wire is fine (gray/green) so I'm reusing it. The gray, gray/red, and blue all look to be 18 gauge based on measured d ...
  Topic: Time to play NAME THAT WIRE!
vanagonforever

Replies: 12
Views: 616

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:22 am   Subject: Re: Time to play NAME THAT WIRE!
The last 8 digits are: GH0376XX. Its a Wolfsburg Westy Weekender.

UPDATE: I pulled the bundle and its totally shot. I'm going to completely replace it and the relay under the seat. I'm thinking I'l ...
  Topic: Time to play NAME THAT WIRE!
vanagonforever

Replies: 12
Views: 616

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:50 am   Subject: Re: Time to play NAME THAT WIRE!
WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER

Amazing work. Indeed I believe I understand what happened.
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1703954.jpg

So normally I have an aux battery but its nearing the ...
  Topic: Stranded! Engine stalled, won't start. SOLVED!
vanagonforever

Replies: 26
Views: 1782

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:41 am   Subject: Re: Stranded! Engine stalled, won't start.
I am not a professional mechanic but I do manage to keep myself off the side of the road most of the time. My first guess would be fuel pump or clogged fuel filter. If you have a friend with you then ...
  Topic: Newby
vanagonforever

Replies: 1
Views: 172

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:39 am   Subject: Re: Newby
Its a compartment for a second battery. The weekenders come with them wired up to the alternator and ready to rock.

My 84 westy at least needed some modifications before I could add the battery. S ...
  Topic: Stranded! Engine stalled, won't start. SOLVED!
vanagonforever

Replies: 26
Views: 1782

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:29 am   Subject: Re: Stranded! Engine stalled, won't start.
When it dies does it feel like you ran out of gas? What happens to the instrument panel lights?

When you try to start it again, does it turn over? Are you hearing the starter working? If not the st ...
  Topic: Time to play NAME THAT WIRE!
vanagonforever

Replies: 12
Views: 616

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:24 am   Subject: Time to play NAME THAT WIRE!
I've got an 86 2wd Weekender that had smoke pouring from the top of the instrument cluster the other day. I've found the melt-y bits but I need help identifying what these wires power so I can make su ...
  Topic: Want to listen to an engine and try to guess what is wrong?!
vanagonforever

Replies: 8
Views: 1361

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:18 pm   Subject: Want to listen to an engine and try to guess what is wrong?!
Hi everyone,

My 83.5 Vanagon has developed an unpleasant knocking sound recently. Here is a video I just took of the engine running:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhQovL_TISk&list ...
  Topic: How Much Paint
vanagonforever

Replies: 33
Views: 11968

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:19 pm   Subject: How Much Paint
I rolled my Westy and I would not suggest it. While I believe it is possible to get decent finish, the amount of work involved is incredibly insane. Consider buying a cheap gun/compressor and just let ...
  Topic: What did I just buy?
vanagonforever

Replies: 55
Views: 5905

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:52 pm   Subject: What did I just buy?
I'd do a good bit of research before replacing the entire exhaust. I replaced my entire system using the van-cafe kit summer before last and most of it is already covered in surface rust. It looks lik ...
  Topic: Coolant pressure test... video.
vanagonforever

Replies: 8
Views: 1965

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:58 am   Subject: Coolant pressure test... video.
This is some really great stuff. I love being able to see your process and what tests you run. I'm eager to see the outcome.
  Topic: Sewfine interior fabrics - post your pics here
vanagonforever

Replies: 39
Views: 18100

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:30 pm   Subject: Sewfine interior fabrics - post your pics here
I still haven't done the rear because I haven't been able to make up my mind on how I want to do it at the same that I had the cash to make it happen. I've gone back and forth about talking to SewFine ...
  Topic: I found a telling symptom of my cooling system woes
vanagonforever

Replies: 35
Views: 8632

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:01 pm   Subject: I found a telling symptom of my cooling system woes
My understanding was that the blinking light can only come on at startup, if the coolant level sensor is unable to detect coolant, or if the temp sender is reporting a temp that registered at 7/8ths o ...
  Topic: I found a telling symptom of my cooling system woes
vanagonforever

Replies: 35
Views: 8632

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:11 pm   Subject: I found a telling symptom of my cooling system woes
The temp level and expansion tank are both new. I installed them around July, drove about two thousand miles, and then parked my Vanagon around August until now. The temp sender unit in the thermostat ...
  Topic: 62 Kombi - Now in Cincinnati
vanagonforever

Replies: 17
Views: 2592

PostForum: Split Bus   Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:41 am   Subject: 62 Kombi - Now in Cincinnati
Noob question but is that tinted primer or flattened paint on there? I really like the look.
 
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