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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:08 pm    Post subject: 85 Vanagon randomly shuts off Reply with quote

My 85 vanagon randomly shuts off like if I turned the ignition off (all gauges go dead) then a couple seconds later it acts like I just turned the ignition back on (dash lights come on) and it always turns over and usually starts but sometimes takes a while. It used to only do it occasionally while it was still warming up (during summer) but has started doing it more and more (now its winter?). It only happens while im driving and always turns back on in the same amount of time with out me doing anything (except pushing in the clutch). I have no idea where to even start.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like the ignition switch may be going bad. Replacement is not hard. See here:

http://www.benplace.com/dash.htm
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that how they usually go out? Seems like some kind of electrical thing. It also idles extremely rough and has been missing, especially when it first starts up. My muffler broke off recently, is it bad to run with out one for a while?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In addition to the ignition switch. It would be a good idea to check the condition of the battery-starter-alternator cable, and the transmission ground strap. If these are intermittent, or corroded it could cause power loss issues.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can test your ignition switch without going thru the entire replacement process. Get a new switch, remove the plastic steering column cover that goes over the wiring below the ignition switch area, unplug the harness from the bottom of the switch, plug your new switch into the harness, use a screw driver as a 'key' and try it out. No harm if it is not a bad switch and you probably want to keep a spare in the bus anyway. Very Happy

PS If you drive it this way be VERY CAREFUL and make sure the key is in the ignition and turned so that the steering wheel lock is disabled!
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