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Jul 06, 2010 (5:31 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 847 Re: Info on prices [Sheryl]
Jul 06, 2010 (5:36 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 847 Re: 93 eurovan - stops running after hot [stegner]
Jul 12, 2010 (8:07 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 847 ABS warning light fails to extiguish - intermittent
Aug 08, 2010 (11:26 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 847 Re: ABS warning light fails to extiguish - intermittent [97evc]
Aug 09, 2010 (6:13 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 847 Re: Help!!! My van is sick! [peaceluvpoptop]
Aug 21, 2010 (9:59 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 $1k for the alternator after 165k miles. The only major part to break on mine.
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Aug 26, 2010 (11:43 am)
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#817 of 847 2002 eurovan over heating
Aug 28, 2010 (11:40 am)
I had the transmission and the engine rebuilt at the same time, after installation, the car heats up after 15 minutes of driving, changed water pump, changed thermostat, checked radiator, everything is fine still heats up on local streets, stays on 190 on highway. the fan still goes crazy after 15 minutes highway or not.
My mechanic gave up and now disconnected the thermostat, he wants to see what happens.
Anybody could solve this mystery for me please.
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#819 of 847 Re: Help!!! My van is sick! [peaceluvpoptop]
Nov 20, 2010 (2:43 am)
I'm driving Michelin Primacy MXV4 98 load tires on my MV Weekender with no problems. If you check the load ratings you are 11 pounds under the maximum load of the front axle per wheel so total 22 pounds on the axle. I have no issues with these tires, no excessive wear nor uneven wear. I pump them to the max of the rated pressure of 3 bar or 44 lbs/ square inch. I have to admit that I mainly drive the van not at the max loading capacity. Even though, the front axle is close to the max, as all the weight is already in the front (Driver and front passenger, engine, gas tank).
A good tire is the Continental Vancocontact 4Season, but I'm not sure if you can find the dimension here in Northamerica. Most Eurovans in Europe have this tire. I have Nokian Wintertires with 102 rating, not the best winter tire but it works. Widely available seams the Nokian as an all season in 102s.
I had to replace my lower ball joints, I don't remember the exact price but I assume it was around 500$ not at a dealership. Avoid dealerships they are a rip off! Try to find a mechanic that is specialized in VW. I have made way better experiences with them than any dealership (service and price).
Careful with the brakes! The front can be replaced easily. Use a reset tool from a parts store (20$) careful with clamps! You can press the piston in croucket and that can damage the seals and the piston (it works but be warned) . The rear is more delicate as you need the right tool to do the job as the rear calliper pistons need to be turned when pushed back, if you fail to do this you can compromise the reset function of the piston $$!
Sorry with the locks, I replaced my rear hatch lock cylinder, it cosed 130$, 30$ for the lock and a 100$ for the install at a dealership. Don't have issues with the locks in the front. Don't use them as the van has central locking. Had to replace the actuator though, got the part from europarts-sd.com ( very good source for Eurovan parts) for 100$ and replaced it my self. Easy task actually.