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Date:         Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:05:31 -0500
Reply-To:     Dennis Haynes <d23haynes57@HOTMAIL.COM>
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From:         Dennis Haynes <d23haynes57@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: 87 Syncro - Vanagon-type Syndrome and Questions
Comments: To: Steven Johnson <sjohnso2000@GMAIL.COM>,
          Donna Skarloken <dskarloken@GMAIL.COM>
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O2 sensor or wiring! Temp 2 sensor usually shows up as no or hard start especially when cold or after brief shut down or bad performance during warm up. Easy test: cycle the ignition switch or floor accelerator. If it runs OK for short while or while floored O2 sensor problem it is.


-----Original Message----- From: Vanagon Mailing List [] On Behalf Of Steven Johnson Sent: Friday, December 21, 2012 12:00 PM To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM Subject: Re: 87 Syncro - Vanagon-type Syndrome and Questions

Failing temp sensor or wiring to?

On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 8:18 AM, Donna Skarloken <>wrote:

> Happy Friday to everyone - I have questions and somewhat of a dilemma. > I am a non-mechanic female and was told by my spouse that I cannot > spend any more money on fixing our Syncro. The dilemma is whether I > can learn to fix some things myself and keep the repair cost down > generally. Currently I need to drive my syncro to a train station to > get to work and cannot because a Vanagon-type syndrome has reappeared > after a month of no symptoms (my commute car is in a shop, no idea > when I'll get it back or in what shape, so I am having to borrow cars > to get to work - not a good situation). I need to diagnose and if > possible fix this myself. I do have occasional access to my mechanic neighbor for help. > > Can someone please give me a list of where all the ground points are? > I did was able to check the ground strap that goes from the side under > the coil to the motor and it seems fine. There is one little green > wire that goes into a whole bunch of wires that go to the ground strap > under the coil that looks as if it could have a crack in it, but when > I wiggle it when the engine is running, there is no effect on the running of the motor. > > The syndrome does not appear until the syncro is warmed up, say about > 15 minutes into my commute, and running at freeway speed, although one > day idling in street traffic it did die but started right back up. > Sometimes the cut-out is real quick, other times it shakes the motor > rather violently. There is no consistency as I might drive it today > and have no misfire or cut-out at all, but the next trip it may happen > about 3-4 times. It is about 35 miles one-way to the train station I use. > > As always I appreciate the help and this list has been invaluable. > Happy Holidays. > > Donna, 87 Syncro >

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