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Date:         Mon, 8 Jan 2001 17:46:29 -0800
Reply-To:     Susan Bernavich <susanb@WIZZARDS.NET>
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From:         Susan Bernavich <susanb@WIZZARDS.NET>
Subject:      Re: Diesel question
Comments: To: Donna Stewart <DStewart@CHRM.COM>
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Hi...I have a 1983 Diesel....I was told by the PO that I needed to pull it out all the way...about 2 inches and let the engine warm up for at least one minute push in half way...wait another minute and put in all the way....I met a man in Canada that said it should be done all the time even in warm I am consistant about that ...note it doesn't come out very easily...pushes in much easier..........Susan B. 83 diesel 'Harold' 86,000 and running great.........

Donna Stewart wrote:

> It's the "cold start knob" - I'm told it changes the amount of fuel or timing of fuel as it goes into injector to help the engine going when it's cold. Mine's busted - went to the dealer and cable is expensive (don't remember how much), but I live in California so I haven't needed it all winter. I think in a Rabbit it came out about 2 inches - hard to remember back that far! > > Donna, 1982 Diesel, run the commute with her this morning > > >>> "Frederick M. Wasserstein" <vwvan@CORNHUSKER.NET> 01/08/01 02:37PM >>> > I think you did brake the cable mine only comes out about an inch and is > very stiff. Does anyone out there know exactly what the knob does and where > to get a replacement cable? And yes your suggestions helped alot and I > cannot believe that anyone could charge $45.00 to do that. It only took my > wife and I 10 minutes to get it in, and it hasn't fallen out yet :-)). > Fred > 1982 Vanagon Westy Diesel "Sammy" > 1984 GMC Suburban Diesel 4 X 4 " The Beast" > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Michael E. Pidcoe" <> > To: "Frederick M. Wasserstein" <> > Sent: Monday, January 08, 2001 4:28 PM > Subject: Diesel question > > > Hi Fred, > > My '82 Diesel's choke (for lack of a better name) knob used to only pull > > out about an inch or so from the dash and was very stiff. Today it > > pulled about two and a half inches out and was quite smooth. I popped > > the engine lid open an after a little searching, found where it attaches > > and expected to see it broken or something. It looked OK. I pushed it > > in and checked the location of the lever where it attaches and then > > pulled it back out. The lever seems to moving the same distance as the > > cable pulls. > > My question is this. Do you think that the cable was just stuck? I > > have only had the van for a few weeks and I assumed that the one inch > > pull was normal. Now that I see what it is tugging on, I am thinking > > that it must have been stuck or something. > > Thanks, > > Mike Pidcoe > > '82 Diesel (Hanagon-Blue) > > '86 syncro (suby powered - very very soon) > > > > PS. Did my side window installation tips help at all?

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