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Date:         Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:02:09 -0500
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From:         Mike Self <self@FUSE.NET>
Subject:      Re: Running rough, dies as temp gauge starts to register
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My 1990 Vanagon Camper did exactly the same thing in Alda, WY, many miles from anywhere. After 2 tows - Gillette & Casper - the Casper VW dealership (only dealership in WY, probably are good VW mechanics in WY, but at time I didn't know where) found it had a 70% clogged fuel filter causing the problem. Had installed a new tank & fuel filter 2-3 months & 2,000 miles earlier.

I suspect that I got some very dirty gas along the way or that the ethanol was causing problems with old plastic/rubber parts. Maybe not, but fuel filter was clogged.

Mike Self Cincinnati, OH 1990 Westfalia GL

Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:19:02 -0500 From: Mark A Kippert <vanagon@KIPPERT.COM> Subject: Re: Running rough, dies as temp gauge starts to register

Oops, dang, I always forget that when posting.

1986 GL, 2WD.

Mark K

On Jan 12, 2009, at 12:03 PM, Chris S wrote:

> If it's an '86 or newer I'd test the Temp II sensor. > > On 1/12/09, Mark A Kippert <> wrote: >> I thought I had my problem solved after cleaning all my grounds and >> repairing some broken wires. I also replaced plugs cap and rotor. It >> was sporadic prior to the steps above then it cleared up. Now it's >> continuous. >> >> As soon as the temperature gauge starts to register the van starts to >> run rough, quickly looses power, then dies. I found that if I switch >> the key off, then right back on it will run fine for about 30 seconds >> then it starts over. As soon as I feel it running rough again, I turn >> the key off/on quickly and get another 30 seconds. >> >> It doesn't matter if I'm driving along or idling at a stop. >> >> Since I got the van I've noticed that it takes a good 10-15 minutes >> (or longer) to warm up. When warmed up, it's barely outside the >> "white >> zone" on the gauge. I had planned to replace the thermostat, but >> can't >> imagine this is the cause of the problem. >> >> It sounds like ECU is getting bad info from a sensor. Does this sound >> likely, and if so, what should I consider first. >> >> I did try searching the database but it timed out. >> >> Thanks for any suggestions as to where to start. >> >> -Mark K >> > > -- > Sent from my mobile device > > Chris S. > Disclaimer: "Death and serious injury may occur"

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