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#807 of 854 Re: Eurovan electrical problems [jsoria]
Jun 25, 2010 (1:35 pm)
Many thanks for posting this solution. I have a 1999 Eurovan which for the last two years had an intermittent problem where the amber ABS light and red Brake indicator lights would stay on after the car was started. Also the CLIMAtronic control would display 'HE' and go into a heat only mode and the headlights and wipers would also not work. Usually turning the ignition key off and restarting the car would solve the problem until recently. After reading the ignition switch replacement solution, I asked the VW dealer to replace it. I did NOT have to replace the mechanical switch (the key lock and steering column lock part $250), ONLY the electrical switch part ($50) which is attached to the bottom end of the ignition switch lock. The labor charge was $335 (ouch) but all is now working. Thank you again.
#808 of 854 eurovan transmission
Jul 06, 2010 (11:34 am)
My 1995 eurovan camper quits working when the temp gauge gets to about 3/4 or so i pull over put in park turn engine off let cool down to 1/2 or so start up put back in drive and off i go no problems no grinding or anything any help any ideas this problem is driving me crazy as well as mechanics......thanks tom
#809 of 854 Re: eurovan transmission [tmadigan]
Jul 06, 2010 (2:11 pm)
Are you using premium fuel with octane rating of 91 or greater? Vanagons and Eurovans both require this grade of fuel. I knew a friend who had a similar problem when he used regular fuel. The engine would just quit on vacation trips but then start up after cooling off.
Jul 06, 2010 (4:31 pm)
I was wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction. I recently put a new alternator in my 2002 VW Eurovan MV, and $1000 dollars later it still needs more work! My van has passenger type tires on it (98 load) and they told me it needs 102 truck load tires but the ride is not as smooth. Well now they are telling me that my left and right tire rods are bad as well as the lower ball joints. They also want an arm and a leg to fix it! Has anyone ran into this problem? What was the cost? I also need to put new brakes on it.... can I do it myself? Is anyone having problems with their front door locks, (mines broken) everyone says that its sooo common but they want to charge 350 to fix it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am so broke from constantly fixing my van!
#811 of 854 Re: Info on prices [Sheryl]
Jul 06, 2010 (4:36 pm)
The eurovans are pretty expensive. Mine is a 2002 and we paid around 19k for it. The 2002 and 2003s have a little more horse power so it helps move the beast around better. When we got it, she had just put a new tranny in it and it had around 125k miles on it.
#812 of 854 Re: 93 eurovan - stops running after hot [stegner]
Jul 12, 2010 (7:07 am)
I owned a 1976 VW Canper and had to be towed 5 times due to the same type of condition. On several ocasions the engine began to sputter and after pulling over and sitting for a time it would be fine and have no problem for months. The VW service folks were never able to discover what the cause was and the car was still under warrenty at the time. They thought it had to do with the fuel pump or electronics related to the fuel pump. Not in my area of expertise.
#813 of 854 ABS warning light fails to extiguish - intermittent
Aug 08, 2010 (10:26 am)
It appears that my intermittent problem may also be related to the ignition switch. When the dashboard ABS warning light fails to go out after the engine is started, the wipers and the heater/AC fan will not work. After switching the engine off and back on a few times, the ABS light goes out as it normally should and everything works.
It looks like others here have experienced similar problems. Before I order a new ignition switch, can anyone help me feel more certain that this, in fact, the problem?
#814 of 854 Re: ABS warning light fails to extiguish - intermittent [97evc]
Aug 09, 2010 (5:13 am)
Those are the same symptoms my '99 Eurovan had. I had the VW dealer replace the electrical switch on the bottom of the ignition switch/lock. I have since driven from California to Canada and back with no problems.
#815 of 854 Re: Help!!! My van is sick! [peaceluvpoptop]
Aug 21, 2010 (8:59 am)
You have no choice in the Tires.....the Van's weight requires a 102. I rode around with 98s and they wore out in strange ways. It took me 4 years to figure that out....when Michelin stopped making the tires I needed. I started with Pep Boys and they wore out. They swore by their tires, but when an alignment shop showed me the wear on one that took 8oz to balance it... I went to VW and was told to go to NOKIAN tires. I've no regrets. I have the Commercial grade van tires on it and they're supposed to last 50k.
Brake jobs on the Euro (I have an '02) are easy. You need a 6" - 8" C clamp to compress the brake piston and a large channel-lock to turn it so that it'll compress.
The front door lock on mine broke and it was about that to fix it. I paid about $1k for the alternator after 165k miles. The only major part to break on mine.
#816 of 854 Volkswagen Camper Van - Volkswagen California
Aug 26, 2010 (10:43 am)
The new Volkswagen California boots out all those things that make camping a crime. The tent traumas, the soggy clothes, the sleeping on rocky ground. All history. What you get instead is a simple, convenient and comfortable solution to outdoor living...
It's called the Volkswagen California, but you can't get it there.