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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon

1990 Volkswagen Vanagon

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1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Problems

Engine -- Verified

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

Engine -- Verified

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

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Air flow, oxygen, and coolant sensor failure is common.

1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Recalls (Recent)

Engine, May 22, 1992

Summary: 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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Heating & Air Conditioning, March 4, 1994

Summary: 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.

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1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Questions and Answers

Cliverock52, 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon, Powell, TN

The oil light and buzzer and the coolant light comes on and stays on, eventhough both levels seem fine (oil maybe slightly over). Sometimes the gas gauge and speedomemter works, sometimes doesnt. O...

DblO, 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon, Carmel, CA

I have a 1986 VW Vanagan GL model. Are replacing plugs difficult and where is fuel filter located. I just purchased it and love it! Are there any on-line enthusist?

Visitor, 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon, Westminster, CA

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runluv2, 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon, San Diego, CA

At the smog check this year the smog place is not passing me because of not having a catalytic converter on my 78 VW camper van. I have checked for catalytic converters on line but am extreamly con...

Visitor, 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon, Rockbridge, OH

After it begins mising and loseing power if i switch the key off and babk on it will run fine for another mile or so thin i have to do the same thang agan.

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1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Reviews

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

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 be prepared to hunt for one -- do study up. And do expect to spend several thousand on a regular basis to get it restored unless you are buying an already refurbished angel. Gas milage is better than one might think for such a large camper. I get 18 on an average day. But think about investing in a turbo-biodiesel rebuild... FUN! More than a van -- more than a camper -- really the best of what we all came to the planet for (hear the ex-hippie in me?) -- freedom to get up go at a moment's notice (I keep mine stocked and so don't have to plan ahead and spend a whole day getting camping gear ready) -- closeness to nature -- relative affordablity compared to "lodges" or rented cabins or RVs -- and yet a heck of a lot more comfort than sleeping on the ground in the rain! Happy adventures to you.. OceanHope.

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