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Date:         Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:42:46 -0800
Reply-To:     David McNeely <davmcneely40@GMAIL.COM>
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From:         David McNeely <davmcneely40@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Coolant light 2.1L WBX
Comments: To: John Rodgers <>
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I was loosing coolant to I knew not where. Checked every place I could access, and couldn't find it. Good mechanic found a bad cap on the pressure tank, though to my eye there was no crack and the seal looked good. But, that was it. No more lost coolant. mcneely

BTW, the good mechanic is "Obie" at European Auto Haus, Spokane. He is German trained, worked at a VW dealer for a couple of decades including before Vanagons were "obsolete" according to dealers. Had multiple Vanagons in shop when I was there. He not only does regular mechanical things, but renovated my Dometic and installed my new propane tank. All work was done at a fair price (hourly rate and appropriate hours for the job).

He is also currently restoring a sixties model Beetle.

Obie told me that my beast is in "excellent" condition, and that he would not hesitate to send a family member on a cross country trip in it.

For those in this part of the world and who might want to use European Auto Haus, front man and owner is Greg. Obie will speak directly with the customer about any matters mechanical, though. He advised me to buy the propane tank and any other expensive parts needed (none were) myself and avoid the shop markup, as they would get parts from the same vendors at the same prices.

I will add the shop to, just haven't gotten "a round tuit" yet. I used to carry one in my pocket, but lost it.


On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 9:52 PM, John Rodgers <> wrote:

> I haven't run a pressure test yet. But the engine is dry as a bone, and it > has a brand new rear heater core. Thanks for thr link to the pressure > testor. > > John > > On Dec 8, 2016 22:43, "KI4TLF" <> wrote: > > If you're lucky, you just have a bad expansion tank cap or the hose that > goes between it and the overflow tank. It allows the fluid to expand out, > but not draw back in. > I just replaced one on a '90 Carat that was doing that. > > GregM > > -----Original Message----- > From: Vanagon Mailing List [] On Behalf Of > John Rodgers > Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2016 9:49 PM > To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM > Subject: Coolant light 2.1L WBX > > Driving down the road, all needles where they should be, red coolant light > comes on. Stop the car, check the fill/overflow tank. It's up to the top > mark. Next , empty the baggage area, raise the engine hatch lid. Removed > the expansion tank top, found coolant to be below the sensing prongs on the > sensor, thus the flashing red light. Topped off the tank to get home. No > more red light. It was dark, so must wait to tomorrow when it cools off to > see where the coolant went. But I could see there were no coolant leaks. > So the question is - where did the coolant go. > > Ideas?? > > John >

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