Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 10:56:05 -0600
Reply-To: John Rodgers <jhrodgers@CHARTER.NET>
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From: John Rodgers <jhrodgers@CHARTER.NET>
Subject: Re: home engine repair happenings: final fixes and oil
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Brian, I have found that 20W-50 works good for me. I'm in the deep south
so that makes some difference. Just thought I would let you know you can
go up a bit mor in viscosity and it won't hurt. In temperatures that get
into sub-freezing and stay more than a day or so, I to would prol'ly
look to a lower viscosity oil.
88 GL Driver - no oil pressure lights come on -- except when the water
pump breaks and knocks the pressure switch wire off.
Brian Cochran wrote:
> Thanks for the response,,,,, wow, this is interesting, 7-10psi for the idiot
> light portion of the dual sender? If that is correct, then I'm okay I
> think. WHen I go to the 15w-40 the light shouldn't come on, since it
> "barely" comes on now. .3 bar, is 4-ish psi, I believe. If I'm lighting
> up "barely at 7-10 psi, then I'm in the normal operation zone!
> Brian Cochran
> >From: Old Volks Home <email@example.com>
> >To: Brian Cochran <rangerbrian@HOTMAIL.COM>
> >Subject: home engine repair happenings: final fixes and oil presssure
> > light woes
> >Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 01:08:21 -0800
> >Hi Brian -
> >You wrote:
> ><<2. We spoke at length about the VDO sender and gauge. I would invite
> >on this please. At what pressure does the dual sender idiot light portion
> >make the dash light up?? I called Bus depot, and after a long wait of long
> >distance charges, they told me they didn't know. (I am going to have a
> >depot gripe thread in the future concerning this project). I'm going to
> >check the bus -boys site, for I believe they have more knowledge about
> >I set up the Bus Boys Site years ago and the info should still be there.
> >However, in case it isn't, here it is straight from the horse's mouth.
> >Factory senders for the idiot light generally come on between 2 and 4psi
> >which I've always thought is way too low. The VDO Dual Sender's idiot
> >light comes on at 7 to 10psi.
> >I have a 2.1 conversion in my 84 Westy (see link below). I wanted to
> >install the VDO Dual Sender in the spot next to the oil filter, but I have
> >the dual cast-iron pulley that's just too much in the way. So I just ran
> >the VDO Adaptor hose to the oil pressure spot below #3 & #4. Mounted the
> >sender to the pushrod tube tin and to enhance the ground I ran a strap from
> >one of the tin bolts to chassis ground.
> >I solved my oil pressure woes by running Valvoline Racing 20/50w and only
> >running factory Mann/Mahle Filters. Idle is about 15-18psi, freeway
> >running is usually 35-40psi at operating temperature/70mph. 30 wt is great
> >for breaking the engine in for the first 500 miles, but after that I run
> >20/50. I occasionally get a noisy lifter, but it's usually after the Westy
> >has been sitting for a week or two. Goes away after warm-up. I change oil
> >and filter 3000 miles religiously (habit goes way back into the 60s on
> >every VW I've owned). Have 60+K on the current engine, put 28K of that
> >traveling the US in 1999-2000, only casualty was a water pump at 58K
> >(German one at that).
> >Oil filter note: If you can't get Mann/Mahle, I have used Wix 51342 or AC
> >PF56 with no oil pressure flow problems. Stay away from Bosch or Fram
> >Filters - they don't even make good paperweights :-)
> >Hope this helps
> >84 Westy 2.1
> >"On The Road"
> >**Need to find the right dizzy?
> >**Upgrade your 83.5-85 Vanagon to 2.1
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