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#37 of 71 2001 VW Eurovan
Oct 20, 2008 (12:12 pm)
My Eurovan makes an awful clunking sound when I accelerate. It gets worse as time goes by, but when my husband and I take it apart to try to find the problem (haven't diagnosed it yet) and put it back together the noise goes away for a few days. And then it comes back again... worse. It sounds like something is loose? and hitting another piece of metal? am I imagning things or is the left front tire wobbly now? The noise is so bad I'm afraid to drive it. And it's my daily drive for me and my four kids. Please help! Any ideas are welcome!
#38 of 71 Re: Replacing ignition switch 2001 Eurovan MV
Oct 21, 2008 (10:31 am)
I looked at your sequence of pictures to replace the ignition switch on my 2001 and I have a bolted cover plate on the bottom of the steering column. How do I take it off so I can get at the ignition switch? I see four nuts across the bottom section. If I take those off will it come out?
#39 of 71 Re: Replacing ignition switch 2001 Eurovan MV [rizzagh]
Oct 24, 2008 (11:57 am)
No, the nuts will not remove the plate. On the left side (door side) you will see a cover plate, made in the same material as the console. Push the two plastic pins in, so you can remove this cover. now you will see two bolts, remove them. On the other side, you will find the same bolt from underneath, (look up from underneath) just loosen this bolt, as it might be difficult to get it out. Now you should be able to turn the plate downwards to get access.
#40 of 71 Re: Replacing ignition switch 2001 Eurovan MV [weekender3]
Oct 24, 2008 (4:32 pm)
I wish Id read this post before I did the switch switch as I pried the plastic cover off. Apart from that the job is pretty easy. A bit of a contortionist act to get to the switch but doable. To get the set screw at the back of the switch out. I used one of those offset srewdrivers (two ends are at 90 degree to main axis) . I had to grind a little of the corner to get it in there but after that it took about 4 minutes to swap the swich. Turned the key and PERFECTO.
Now I have to fix the power locks. Any else having problems with them. Already swapped out the lock Actuator on the drivers side but it didnt fix the problem.
problem is you push he door lock button on the key and all the locks close (except drivers) then open up again immediately.
any ideas appreciated
#41 of 71 Re: Auto locking mechanism [nglasgow]
Nov 24, 2008 (11:29 am)
Same problem but more interesting . When the door locks go spastic I just turn off the radio it stops the door locks misbehaivour? .Ive pulled out the door lock actuator on the drivers side (that doesn't respond to key remote). It is fine . tested it with a 12 V source and it goes up and down no problems.. If operated manually( when connected) all the other locks respond to it ie. open and close to match drivers side.
Someone suggested frayed bad wires in the loom where they go through from the door to the chassis, Mine look fine??
did you get any answers??
Im toying with the idea of writing to VW as I know this is a common problem.
You can just pull fuse # 11 on the bottom row to get manual control back
#42 of 71 Re: 1992 Eurovan CL Manual Transmission Question [theduke72]
Dec 21, 2008 (12:19 pm)
I have a 1983 Vanagon GL, however it is probably the same problem I had. I had to have my shifter rod that runs the length of the Vanagon back to the transmission from the shifter replaced. There are dogears on that rod and over time they wear down and let it shift right into reverse. If you find that this is the problem..... I can tell you who would probably have the part brand new. You can reach me at mtlrcks666yahoo.com.
#43 of 71 Removing eurovan door panel
Jan 18, 2009 (12:35 pm)
I'm having problems with the passenger's door latch on my 2001 Eurovan sometimes sticking and not engaging. I'm trying to get the door panel off to look inside and see what's happening, and it doesn't easily snap off. Suggestions on how to remove the door panel would be appreciated, as well as any advice on what might be causing the latch problem. It manifests as if the lock has not disengaged. The handle pulls out freely but the latch doesn't open.
#44 of 71 Replacing front turn signal bulb on 2003 Eurovan
May 23, 2009 (3:15 pm)
Anyone have any diy tips on how to replace the front turn signal bulbs? Seems that the front headlamp needs to come out to get to the turn lamps, but wanted to make sure that was the path required. Thanks.
#45 of 71 Ignition Lock Cylinder 2002 EuroVan MV
Sep 17, 2009 (8:49 am)
I am having difficulty removing the ignition lock cylinder. The symptom we are experiencing is the key will turn, but the car will not start. It seems to not be able to make a connection. When you pull the key out the electrical systems stay on in the dash board, like the battery light, and other warning lights which stay on when the car is not running. I have taken the steering wheel covers off, but the screws that need to be removed to replace the cylinder are specialty 3 pronged heads which a phillips will not fit.
I have also disconnected the battery so as not to run it down.
#46 of 71 Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder 2002 EuroVan MV [jcolombo]
Sep 17, 2009 (9:41 am)
Your problem seems to be the ignition switch and not the ignition lock cylinder. the switch is located on the backside of the ignition lock cylinder.
Go here for more information on how to change it.
Ignition switch replacement