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Date:         Mon, 27 Dec 2004 12:52:13 -0600
Reply-To:     Al and Sue Brase <albeeee@MCHSI.COM>
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From:         Al and Sue Brase <albeeee@MCHSI.COM>
Subject:      Re: Help! Massive oil leak from behind cooler (2.1)
Comments: To: David Devere <vwpub@ONWORDBOUNDBOOKS.COM>
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For some reason, I checked the oil cooler gasket a few weeks ago while changing to winter oil and doing other PM on my 87 GL. I can't remember what possessed me to take it off (Maybe the center stud came out accidentally?) The big o-ring was VERY hard and deterioriated. Upon squeezing the o-ring, it broke! It must have almost ready to fail. I had no new ones on hand but robbed a good used one from a spare engine. I've never bought one of these that was not in a new German kit, but this bad one only lasted 5 years. I'd guess it was a bad mix of rubber. So, while the cold weather might just be the last straw, the o-ring might have been near death anyway. BTW: In a pinch, you can just take out the oil filter stud (hollow threaded tube) and slip out the old o-ring and slip in the new. Not deal with the coolant hoses at this time. Sometimes ya just gotta get home! Al Brase

David Devere wrote:

>With out a doubt, you cracked the gasket for the oil cooler. The gasket is >a black round rubber seal and you'll never fix the leak by tightening the >nut. You have to pull off the filter and cooler (one big nut, like 27mm or >something check Bently) and the two coolant hoses and replace the gasket. >Then I'd suggest refilling with a lighter weight oil. But to be honest on >the oil I really don't know as I garage my van for the winter. > >It's an easy repair once you get the new gasket. Good luck . > >Dave - >Two Harbors MN > >----- Original Message ----- >From: "matt sutton" <msutts@EARTHLINK.NET> >To: <vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM> >Sent: Monday, December 27, 2004 11:10 AM >Subject: Help! Massive oil leak from behind cooler (2.1) > > > > >>Hi folks, >>developed a big oil leak thats comming from behind the Oil cooler on my 88 >> >> >GL. > > >>I tried retorquing the nut that holds the cooler on, may have even made it >> >> >worse. > > >>I'm in New Hope PA, and trying to get home to NYC. Any angles or >> >> >experience with this would be really really helpful. I'm guessing this is >connected to the cold, and I had been running 20w50 oil, but would love to >hear any ideas. > > >>-Matt Sutton >>88 GL >> >> > > >

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