1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon

1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Problems

Leaking cylinder head O-rings and/or porous cylinder heads can cause coolant loss and engine overheating. A porous cylinder will require replacement.

Aging plastic components in the cooling system—including the connecting pipes to the radiator—can fail unexpectedly.

Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.

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1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Questions

I am chasing a possible vaccum leak/air flow or fuel problem on my 1985 VW Vanagon. The problem started with some uphill sputters in second/third gear. Now when I give throttle the problem exists at certain RPM? The engine idles then seems to get to much air or a gas flow issues. I am not familia...

I went to start it 10 minutes later & it will start but dies when I give it gas and is idling very rough. I pulled fuel line & have plenty of fuel pressure at other side of filter. I let it sit overnight with battery unhooked & it started & ran fine until I turned it off. Now it i...

It seems to be coming from a weep hole in the case. It's less than a pint per week. What might cause it and what might it cost to fix?

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1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Recalls

THE PLASTIC MATERIAL OF THE CENTER AIR FLOW DUCT, WHICH IS FASTENED BY TWO MOUNTING SCREWS TO THE CEILING OF THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT, CAN CRACK AND EVENTUALLY BREAK.THE FUEL HOSE ATTACHED TO THE FUEL DISTRIBUTION RAIL ON THE ENGINE MAY SHRINK BEYOND THE CLAMP FORCE OF THE FUEL HOSE CLAMPS, ALLOWING FUEL TO LEAK.

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1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Reviews

Actually -- I drive a Westfalia -- and despite the cost of repairs which must assumed with maintaining one of these beauties -- there is no other form of transport like them! If you love the outdoors -- yet hate to cram tents into hatchbacks -- this is the ultimate answer. It is fun to drive once you have the feel of it and offers many of the comforts of an RV -- without the 50,000 cost. But do...

Van does not run. Injectors are not functioning properly. Does run if ether or gas is sprayed into air intake. Not sure the problem.

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