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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:00 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

It looks like a good day for a noon hour nap... Last night was not very restful, and I really wanted to put the 'spare' ECU to more of a test than just a quick start and shutdown in the garage. So, I fired Flossie up and headed up out of the valley on the gravel at 5 mph (about 1.5 miles). Got a Sunrise shot at the top of the hill as the sun came up. Then, with the engine running at somewhat warmed up (probe in engine compartment sitting over the #3 cylinder) read 91F, I opened it up from the stop sign to my marker line (about 1/4 mile) and everything behaved as close to the same as I could tell. No issues came up on the 6 mile drive.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Took advantage of a warm dry day to do some more on my no-start issue. I'd already done the compression check when changing plugs, so replaced the coil, distributor cap and rotor and have new wires to go on. Cleaned up the ground running from below the A/C compressor to the side wall near the coil.

Man, I hate working in that engine compartment. You guys might love it but I find stuff to be badly placed and damned near impossible to work with much of the time. I must have wasted an hour or more trying to do stuff that was simply impossible to get to; one-handed access for jobs that require two. I'll probably replace some fuel lines and clean some more grounds tomorrow. Gotta make the most of the nice weather.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:18 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

You're not the only one. Making it worse is the incredibly poor layout of the engine harness, fuel lines, and coolant lines. I honestly don't think they thought about it at all. Hans just drew a diagram and Frans pulled a wire across the engine bay. Would it have hurt them to route things with covers and channels?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:14 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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You're not the only one. Making it worse is the incredibly poor layout of the engine harness, fuel lines, and coolant lines. I honestly don't think they thought about it at all. Hans just drew a diagram and Frans pulled a wire across the engine bay. Would it have hurt them to route things with covers and channels?

HAH, try a modern European vehicle....
Okay, a bit of a mess with everything on top of each other, but Soooo much simpler than a modern engine bay.
I stop by a friends shop every now and then, Horrendous amount of labor to get to items on a new Audi in the Engine Compartment .
Hans and Frans got their revenge on your comments... Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:13 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Iowa (and IL, WI, MN, etc.) has some of the best sunrises and sunsets on the planet. Thanks for the trip back home.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Iowa (and IL, WI, MN, etc.) has some of the best sunrises and sunsets on the planet. Thanks for the trip back home.

So true, especially in the winter!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

While I do find the temps to be a vertical slope on both sides, I like it that way.. At this time of year, there are a few days where the slant of the sunlight is SO Orange it makes me hungry Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:01 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Took advantage of a warm dry day to do some more on my no-start issue. I'd already done the compression check when changing plugs, so replaced the coil, distributor cap and rotor and have new wires to go on. Cleaned up the ground running from below the A/C compressor to the side wall near the coil.

Got it running, but now seems to be back to the original problem of rough running within a few minutes of startup from cold. What I've done:

New rotor and distributor cap.
New plug wires.
New NGK BP6ET plugs.
Compression check, all within spec.
Cleaned grounds on strap left side of engine to left of engine compartment, trans to frame, and inside battery box.

I'll need to start it from cold a few times to see if this is as consistent as I think it is, but at least now I can move it into the garage for troubleshooting in relative comfort when the cold weather returns. For now it starts readily and revs smoothly until the inevitable stumble begins.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:40 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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I'll need to start it from cold a few times to see if this is as consistent as I think it is, but at least now I can move it into the garage for troubleshooting in relative comfort when the cold weather returns. For now it starts readily and revs smoothly until the inevitable stumble begins.


Anything change with the wire harness? I've had water intrusion into the O2 sensor coupling at odd times, that sounds exactly like your issue... So, it is possible that your harness to the O2 sensor got messed up, or perhaps the sensor itself has had it. Much more likely a wire issue..

Any chance you have a spare O2 sensor? I've got one that is fine, but replaced with new when installing new exhaust.. Let me know if you need a known good one to try !!! BUT, beware the sensor and bung it goes into are often corroded. Mine ripped the bung out of the exhaust trying to remove it!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:37 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

That sensor is next on my list to check, thanks. I even bought a socket for it at HF.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:15 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Not directly TO the van, but this weekend I put together a little something FOR the van:

Completely self-contained tire inflator retrofit into ammo can, for future off-road VAN-ventures!

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Inflator recently came up recommended on this thread...soon after that I found a deal & went for it:
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=9239016&highlight=#9239016

Mods, FWIW: Anderson connector on upgraded (12 AWG) marine-grade tinned copper silicone-sheathed
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eliminate unproductive run time while moving from one tire to the next... It should work, and it does!

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Highly affordable, highly effective, highly portable & highly useful... Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:42 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

That amo can pump looks great, Dave!!!

Dancing

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Tx, BB... Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:32 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Spent most of my time prepping the garage for "Westy space" so I can bring the van in before the rain and cold weather, and will then continue my troubleshooting in the conditioned space. I did one cold startup and it ran beautifully for about ten minutes but once the temp needle moved off the peg the stumble began. I also dosed the sensor and bung with PB Blaster in expectation of using the new removal tool.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:30 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

if you are referring to the O2 sensor removal and you are planning to replace it.
you can often cut the wire(s) off the end and use the full on grip of a proper socket in lieu of the O2 socket. use that for installation of the new one..
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:30 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Let it warm up to the point you experience the stumble. With the engine running and stumbling, use the key-ignition switch to quickly turn off the key and them immediately turn it back on without letting the engine quit. Does the stumble go away for 30-40 seconds? 02, default getting reset at the ECU, waiting to read the signal and adjust the mix.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:47 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Let it warm up to the point you experience the stumble. With the engine running and stumbling, use the key-ignition switch to quickly turn off the key and them immediately turn it back on without letting the engine quit. Does the stumble go away for 30-40 seconds? 02, default getting reset at the ECU, waiting to read the signal and adjust the mix.

Yep, it did that. Then I disconnected the sensor wires and had no stumbling in about a half-hour of running while idling and driving. Thing ran great!

Obviously, this needs to be fixed so I tried removing the sensor with a resounding lack of success. My new socket simply turned on the damn thing. So much for that. A foot-long box end 7/8" wrench would not budge it. A 16" long pipe wrench would not budge it. Looks like I'm going to have to remove the catalytic converter in order to remove the sensor or maybe replace both pieces.

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However, they've been together longer than I've owned the van. I replaced the exhaust system about 12 years ago, reusing the converter with that same sensor in it, and you can see from this pic how well it's aged. This little job might have me doing the whole system again, but at least this time I have the garage instead of having to do the job in a cursed gravel driveway during a miserable Virginia August as I did last time. Oh, joy.

I'll be back when I can report this job done. Thanks for the help on this, guys.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:43 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Ahh, the joy! Indeed why I ordered a new one when I ordered the new exhaust I got. THEN, I messed the new one up, and had to make a choice! I took the old Cat to the bench vice and did the pipe-over-wrench trick, and promptly tore the bung out of the Cat along with the sensor. Well, then I needed to use the Dremel and clean all of that up, and put it in the new Cat, which worked enough to tell me what I wanted to know. Then I repaired the new sensor, and installed it where it needed to be.

Hope you can find a good used exhaust. I'd offer mine, but its not much good right now. Anyway, if you can afford a new exhaust, I have had a very good experience you might ask me about some time Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:29 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Got my last one from Van Again and was happy with it. Might decide to get Jet Hot Coating put on the next one.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:46 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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My new socket simply turned on the damn thing. So much for that. A foot-long box end 7/8" wrench would not budge it. A 16" long pipe wrench would not budge it. Looks like I'm going to have to remove the catalytic converter in order to remove the sensor or maybe replace both pieces.



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Some idiot that is definitely not me Rolling Eyes put a wrench on a stuck o2 sensor, wrapped rope back and forth around that wrench, and then tied the rope off to another car.

It worked. YMMV.
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