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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:58 pm    Post subject: Eurovan Essentials: The FAQ Guide Reply with quote

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NOTE: This FAQ sticky has been copied from the Vanagon forum; it is currently being adapted for the Eurovan forum (i.e. it is presently a work in progress!!) and is locked. If you have suggestions for topics to be added, please PM them or post to this thread: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=670355 .


Eurovan/T4 FAQ Index

Clicking the links below in this index post will take you to the desired section, but will open in a new tab/window. You may also simply scroll down to the desired post/section. Pro tip: Use your browser's "find" command (ex. Ctrl + F) to do a keyword search for subjects you're looking for.

General Info
  • Type/Model information
  • Buyer's Guide
  • Paint colors/codes
  • VIN
  • Engine code/number
  • Transmission code/number
  • Lifting van with jack/hoist
  • Towing: General towing info; hitches; trailers; roadside assistance
  • Insurance
  • Thefts & theft-proofing
  • Repair shops, parts/product info, technical info & online manuals, tools
  • Engine fires: how to put them out
  • Vehicle Care/Maintenance


Engine, Cooling, Fuel, Exhaust, Ignition, Electrical
  • General info
  • Cylinder heads & valve drive
  • Lubrication system
  • Cooling system
  • Fuel system
  • Exhaust/emissions system
  • Electrical: batteries, starter, alternator/charging, ground locations
  • Ignition system


Engine Conversions/Swaps/Rebuilds
  • Professional Rebuilders & Converters
  • General info
  • Diesel/TDI


Clutch & Transmission
  • Manual transmission
  • Automatic transmission
  • Differential
  • Transmission swaps/alternatives


Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Wheels & Tires
  • Front wheel suspension
  • Rear wheel suspension
  • Wheels, tires, alignment
  • Brakes
  • Steering


Body (Interior, Exterior) & HVAC
  • General body information: dimensions, paint, modifications, etc.
  • Hood
  • Doors
  • Sunroof
  • Tarpaulin
  • Bumpers
  • Glass, window regulators
  • Body accessories (side moldings, mirrors, etc.)
  • Seat belts
  • Interior trim
  • Seats
  • Seat upholstery, heating element
  • Heater/ventilation
  • Air conditioner
  • Insulation, sound-deadening, odors, & rodent problems


Camper
  • Roof: pop-top/high-top
  • Interior panels
  • Storage & cabinets
  • Tables
  • Water tank(s)
  • Plumbing
  • Sink
  • Electrical & Lights
  • Fridge
  • Stove
  • Propane tank
  • Seats & beds


Electrical System
For ignition, charging and related electrical, please refer to the Engine section above.
  • Instruments, radio
  • Windshield wiper & washer
  • Lights
  • Accessories (inverters and such)
  • Wiring, connections, and ground locations
  • Solar systems


Modified, Restored, Rebuilt Vans
  • Various modified vans
  • Various builds
  • Various restorations
  • Various rustorations


Camping & Traveling With Your Van
  • Packing & Organization
  • Gear & Equipment (general info, coolers, fridges, bedding/sleeping, kitchen)
  • Interior/Exterior Set-ups & Accessories (mats, awnings, side tents, chairs, etc.)
  • Camping & Traveling Tips
  • Camping Topics (stealth, campgrounds, tin-top camping)
  • Hot-weather Camping
  • Cold-weather Camping
  • Showers
  • Modifications


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Eurovan Essentials: The FAQ Guide Reply with quote

►General

Type/Model information
Which model do I have/am I looking at?
Buyer's Guide/PPI Lists
Paint colors & codes: the complete list
M-code List
Full-camper vs. Weekender/MV debate
High-top vs. Pop-top debate
Eurovan vs. Vanagon

VWvortex Transporter Forum
T4 Forum
T4 Wiki ~ German
EVC enhancements
EuroVan Camper Links
EuroVan specs
Roadwaves: A woman and her camper travels

VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
Conflicting VINs

Notes:
a) The four Z's stamped into your vehicle's chassis are simply filler digits during initial assembly ~ all VWs are built this way. During final assembly, the vehicle receives its official VIN that you see on the dash: For USA/Canada, the Z's are replaced by the required digit information; for all other countries, the Z's remain (countries outside North America do not require the info provided by digits 4, 5, 6 & 9). If the rest of the VIN matches up to the dash and/or door jamb VIN, everything is fine.

b) Chassis number: Chassis number is specifically the year digit + sequential production number digits in the VIN. Many times parts are dependent upon your car's chassis number, which is VIN-dependent, often called a VIN-split. An example of this:
To S-11290
From S-11291

The "To S-11290" would indicate the part is for all Eurovans up to 1995 (S) with VIN sequential production number of 11290.

c) All Eurovan VINs are 17-digits and begin with "WV".

Engine Code


Transmission Code


Lifting van with jack/hoist


Towing



Insurance & Accidents
Insurance ~ General Info
Stated Value vs. Agreed Value ~ external link


Insurance ~ Post-accident
Insurance wants to total my Westy
Westy insurance madness - how to deal with your insurance co. post-accident

Accidents


Thefts & Theft-proofing
GPS locators/tracking devices

Repair Shops, Parts/Products Information, Technical Info & Online Manuals
Repair shops:
Roadhaus: List of repair shops


Parts & product information:


Technical Info & Online manuals:
Youtube how-to video series: T4 Repairs



Tools:


Parts:
Spare parts ~ What to carry on road trips?

Engine Fires: How to Put Them Out
Fire... then what?!
Putting out an engine fire
Onboard automatic fire suppression systems
Blazecut Fire Suppression System
Westy fire extinguisher: what fits in stock bracket?

Vehicle Care/Maintenance


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Eurovan Essentials: The FAQ Guide Reply with quote

►Engine, Cooling, Fuel, Exhaust, Ignition, & Electrical

(For conversion/swap info, see next section/post.)

General info


Cylinder heads & valve drive


Lubrication system
Engine oil preferences/recommendations

Problems:


Cooling system
Problems:

General info:
Cooling fan operation & components - 5-cylinder engines (AAF, ACU)


Fuel system
Fuel Supply:


Fuel tank/fueling issues:


Fuel Injection:


Exhaust/emissions system
Problems:

General info:


Electrical: battery, alternator, ground locations
Starting battery:

Ground locations:


Alternator:


Auxiliary battery:
Weekender/MV aux battery upgrade

Auxiliary power distribution:



Ignition system
Problems:

General info:


Starter:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Eurovan Essentials: The FAQ Guide Reply with quote

►Engine Conversions/Swaps/Rebuilds

Professional Engine Rebuilders & Converters



General Conversion/Swap Info
Diesel/TDI:
AHU into a '93


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Eurovan Essentials: The FAQ Guide Reply with quote

►Clutch & Transmission

General Information
Fluid & Temperatures

Automatic vs. Manual Debate


Manual Transmission & Clutch (02B)
General Info:

Shifter linkage:
Diagram and replacement tips


Automatic Transmission & Torque Converter
Problems:

General Info:
01P auto trans ATF: types and sources
Aftermarket trans cooler
You know it's rebuild time when... (01P)
Is it okay to use AAMCO for a rebuild?

Can I swap from automatic to manual?

Differential


►Transmission Swaps/Alternatives
Manual

Automatic


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Eurovan Essentials: The FAQ Guide Reply with quote

►Suspension, Brakes, Wheels, and Steering

Suspension ~ General info


Front wheel suspension


Rear wheel suspension


Wheels, tires, alignment
General info - tires:


General info - wheels:
The EV Wheel Thread


Brakes
Mechanical components:


Hydraulic components:


Rear brakes:


Steering

Steering wheel:

Steering wheel / Ignition lock:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Eurovan Essentials: The FAQ Guide Reply with quote

►Body (Interior, Exterior) & HVAC

(For camper-specific equipment, see next section/post.)

General information: dimensions, weights, paint, modifications, etc.
Dimensions:
Van Length: 181"
Van Width: 74"
Van Height: height will vary between vans due to suspension, load, tires, etc.; generally speaking: 77" (2WD tin-top); 81" (2WD w/ pop-top); add 2" to those if 4WD
Vanagon & Westy dimensions/measurements
Sinka & Doka dimensions (metric)
Lower grille opening: 27½" X 6-3/8"
Volume: 17.78 cubic meters (627.84 cubic feet) - 2WD w/ pop-top
Pop-top: Yes, all are the same and are interchangeable
Westy beds: 45” X 74” (downstairs); 47” X 72” (upstairs)
Westy tables: 16¼" X 24¼" (front); 16¼" X 31-7/8" (rear)


Weights:
Shell: 1375 lbs. (624 kg)
GVWR & curb weights ~ external link
Curb weights - v.1
Curb weights - v.2
Westy upper bed weight limit

Protection:

Painting & Restoration:

Rust worms:

Modifications:


Hoods/lids ~ rear hatch

Doors
Front doors:

Power door lock repair:

Rear (sliding) door:

Sunroof

Tarpaulin

Bumpers
Short-nose Euro-spec bumper retrofit

Glass, window regulators

Windshield, front door windows:

Side and rear windows:

Power windows and other gremlins:

Exterior ~ accessories, side moldings, mirrors, grilles, etc.


Seat belts


Interior: dash, trim, accessories, etc.

Dash removal guide

Flooring:

Consoles & cup holders:
EV console & cup holder options


Seats
Installing CMC swivel bases into (short-nose) Weekender

Seat upholstery, heating element


Heater/ventilation

Front heater:

Rear heater:

Alternate heaters:

Air conditioner

Insulation, sound-deadening, odors, and rodent problems
Sound-deadening

Insulation

Odors

Rodent Problems


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►Camper: interior panels, roof, storage, cabinets, water tank(s), sink, tables, refrigerator, propane tank, seats, beds

Roof (Pop-top/High-top)
General info:
Pop-top replacement/repair options and structural info
Pop-top latch issues (Winnebago)
How to unlatch a Weekender/MV pop-top


Pop-top cleaning & restoration:


Pop-top tent replacement:


Roof-top storage:


Skylight / roof vent:


Interior & Interior Panels


Storage & Cabinets


Tables


Water Tanks


Camper Plumbing


Camper Sink


Refrigerator


Stove


Propane Tank

Electrical & Lighting
Converting Weekender fluorescent to LEDs

Seats and beds
Problems:

General info:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Eurovan Essentials: The FAQ Guide Reply with quote

►Electrical System

Aux batteries, ignition, etc.: also see "Electrical: battery, starter, alternator" in Engine section above.

Instruments, radio

Instrument cluster & Gauges:


Warning Lights:


Speedometer/Odometer:


Aux Instruments / Extra Gauges:


Radios/stereos/head units/receivers:


Speakers:


Cigarette lighter/12V sockets:


Windshield wiper & washer


Lights
Front & side lights:
Disabling daytime running lights (DRLs)

Rear lights:


Interior Lighting:


Accessories
Inverters:


Microwave ovens:


Wiring


Solar
Panels:


Charge controllers:
PWM vs. MPPT


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►Modified, Restored, Rebuilt Vans

Modifications & Customizations


Rebuilds & Restorations
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Camping & Traveling With Your Van

Packing/Organization


Gear & Equipment
General:


Coolers & Refrigerators:


Portable fridges:


Dometic fridge replacements:


Beds, Bedding, & Sleeping


Kitchen
Stoves, grills, cooking:


Sink:


Gray water tank:


Interior/Exterior Set-ups & Accessories
Awnings & side tents:


General Camping & Traveling Tips
Mexico insurance

Camping with infants
Camping with kids
Camping/traveling with cats

General Camping Topics (Stealth/Campgrounds/Tin-top camping)
Campgrounds vs. Stealth
Off the beaten path camping
Is a Westy considered to be “self-contained”?
Dining, drinking & stealth overnighting
Camping in non-campers
Making a passenger van more camping friendly

Hot-weather camping
Portable air conditioning
DIY 12v portable air conditioning
Too hot in the van

Cold-weather camping
Snow camping & heat loss
Interior function & winter camping
Mods for cold-weather camping
Water tank & winter camping
Fanchers pop-top insulation
Movers’ blankets as pop-top insulation
DIY pop-top insulation
Propex auxiliary heaters
Mr. Heater/Little Buddy propane heaters

Showers
The Official Shower Thread
Adding a shower
Shower in your van
Shower with floor drain
Hot shower install – what pump to use
Ultimate Westy shower
Camping shower
How bad do I want that hot shower?

Modifications for Camping
Adding hot water system
Solar hot water
Hot water heater
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