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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:55 pm    Post subject: What the heck is.... Bentley Reply with quote

Just about everyone refers to referring to the Bently which I think must be some kind of manual? What the heck is it and do I need it and how can I get it? a mere mortal female Question
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Volkswagen Vanagon Official Factory Repair Manual: 1980-1991
http://www.van-cafe.com/home/van/page_762_29/bentley_owners_manual__nice_addition_to_collection.html
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a must have for any Vanagon owner. It, and new fuel lines are the first thing you purchase as a new Westy owner. A Bentley is worth its weight in gold.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is only the most revered piece of literature a VW pilot can own Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I already had ruptured fuel lines on my shake down 4000 mile trip. I've just sent an email to the above addy and it is my intent to buy. Thanks all. Glad I asked.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I agree that the Bentley is an essential resource, it's layout is abysmal. What possessed them to split up the engine sections the way they did????? Come on boys, one section covering the entire air-cooled engine, one for the diesel, one for the 1.9, one for the 2.1 [bangs head on desk]...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simba'sWestyWings wrote:
Well I already had ruptured fuel lines on my shake down 4000 mile trip. I've just sent an email to the above addy and it is my intent to buy. Thanks all. Glad I asked.


Ruptured fuel line sounds scary...nothing burned I hope. Have you checked the condition of your on board fire extinguisher?

Where did the fuel line rupture, what sort..brand name hoses are you running on.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the one thing people forget about the Bentley is
it was written for mechanics, not owners
All shop manuals assume you already have the skills
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VWs catching on fire is a long standing tradition- bugs, fastback, notchbacks, squarebacks, fat chick busses and vanagons too. Why worry about it now?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ten posts "IN" I knew what the Bentley was and knew that I needed one!

169 posts in and still more mindless drivel or was it dribble?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can buy one online for under 65.00, youlle score. Finding one in a thrift store is possible as well if youre not in a hurry.
they retail new for up to 85.00. I got mine thru amazon for 48.00 plus 6.00 s/h.
I call it the bentagon book, our wrench bible.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timwhy wrote:
Ten posts "IN" I knew what the Bentley was and knew that I needed one!

169 posts in and still more mindless drivel or was it dribble?


Timwhy the attitude? We're all friends here. Don't ruin our vanagon buzz.

As far as the Bentley is concerned, I wish they would have printed more volumes. Broken it down a little more. More detail. I don't care how skilled a mechanic you are, you couldn't rebuild one of these engines with just the info from the Bentley.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will be for my mechanic but I'll also keep it. I didn't know anything about olf fuel lines and I don't have a sense of smell but someone said they smelled gas. I was taken on a flat bed to an established VW Doktor in Louisville, Kty.

They were the original fuel lines and one ruptured in the middle of 16 lanes of traffic that was stopped. I managed to get off to the inner shoulder as a car behind me was waving me over. When the Doktor replaced the first line he tested the second and got what he expected to get, it ruptured too. All replaced, mixture adjusted, new spark plugs and I was out of there in a few hours and it cost much much much less than I had expected or that it would have been in Canada.

Again it might have something to do with female travelling alone. What I don't tell them is I am an Irish White Witch named Zelda.

I consider myself extremely fortunate that of two breakdowns my CAA+ allowed me to be taken to old VW specialists. Also that nothing really bad happened. Not having a sense of smell is a serious bummer tho! My mechanic might be feeling bad that he missed the old fuel lines. He put on 2 new belts even though both appeared in good shape.

Now I hang out in Samba and I'm learning by reading and asking some questions. Thanks to you all.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simba,

A bit off topic, but another road trip essential is the Roadhaus North American list of rated VW shops. You need either web access or can print a hard copy. It's very useful when you need to find a quality mechanic in a strange town.

http://www.roadhaus.com/shops.php
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

one trick I do is print to a .PDF and carry a copy on my flashdrive, that way wether I have net access or not I can access alot of my 'saved' VW articles and data.

also you have it right Simba, every VW owner SHOULD have the BENTLY as we can't expect our emergancy mechanics to know our vehicles, but the manual will go along way to getting us back on the road in some foreign town. even though we travel in groups, I have one Mine & Mom's campers.

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Simba,

A bit off topic, but another road trip essential is the Roadhaus North American list of rated VW shops. You need either web access or can print a hard copy. It's very useful when you need to find a quality mechanic in a strange town.

http://www.roadhaus.com/shops.php
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no sense of smell either.
I think its more of a blessing most times.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and I always thought it was the .... Rolls Royce ..... of VW manuals
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simba'sWestyWings wrote:
It will be for my mechanic but I'll also keep it. I didn't know anything about olf fuel lines and I don't have a sense of smell but someone said they smelled gas. I was taken on a flat bed to an established VW Doktor in Louisville, Kty.

They were the original fuel lines and one ruptured in the middle of 16 lanes of traffic that was stopped. I managed to get off to the inner shoulder as a car behind me was waving me over. When the Doktor replaced the first line he tested the second and got what he expected to get, it ruptured too. All replaced, mixture adjusted, new spark plugs and I was out of there in a few hours and it cost much much much less than I had expected or that it would have been in Canada.

Again it might have something to do with female travelling alone. What I don't tell them is I am an Irish White Witch named Zelda.

I consider myself extremely fortunate that of two breakdowns my CAA+ allowed me to be taken to old VW specialists. Also that nothing really bad happened. Not having a sense of smell is a serious bummer tho! My mechanic might be feeling bad that he missed the old fuel lines. He put on 2 new belts even though both appeared in good shape.

Now I hang out in Samba and I'm learning by reading and asking some questions. Thanks to you all.



Does buying the Bentely mean your not going to be selling your Van?? I see you have it up for sale on the Samba.....$12.000 and some change.
I see a few looky-loos, have you had any serious offers yet. Good luck whatever you decide on.
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