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/Porous Cylinder Heads May Cause Overheating

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 cooling system may fail unexpectedly

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

Transmission damage due to faild transmission oil cooler
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

when I press the clutch pedal there is noise, what is wrong with the clutch? (1 answer)

there is noise only when the clutch pedal is pressed.

1990 WWestfalia brake failure troubleshooting - suspected master cylnder failure (1 answer)

Vehicle had been sitting for a few weeks. Started it up, put it in reverse, gave it some gas - felt like something was bound up - vehicle not moving??? check e-brake - off. Gradually/slowly gave it more gas - BOOM! It broke loose and now no brakes! Checked under the vehicle - no fluid on the driv...

Actually it is a 1985. Why does my engine idle then sputter when I give it gas? (1 answer)

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...

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1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Recalls

Recall 93V175000
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.
Recall 92V058000
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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