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Date:         Tue, 2 Jan 2018 20:50:52 -0500
Reply-To:     Jason <uberhare@GMAIL.COM>
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From:         Jason <uberhare@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: It's cold out there
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Behr or Wahler.

On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 8:34 PM, Stuart MacMillan <> wrote:

> The Vanagon cooing system bypasses the thermostat to send heated coolant > to the heaters when their valves are open and the engine is cold. This can > be a problem for warm up when it's as cold as it is now because the > recirculated coolant from the heaters will cause the thermostat to open, > but then it can lower the temp too much from the quick dump of really cold > coolant. So, first try blocking off the front grilles. Cover one or both > until you can run at the proper temp. If you are below zero, you may need > to remove the grilles and put cardboard over part or all of the radiator. > > You might need a new thermostat, but try this first. Only buy the OEM > 'stat though, no aftermarket versions, per Dennis's experience. > > Stuart > > -----Original Message----- > From: Vanagon Mailing List [] On Behalf > Of ddbjorkman@VERIZON.NET > Sent: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 11:12 AM > To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM > Subject: It's cold out there > > Ford battery died and the Bus (Vanagon) has been put into extra service. > Always starts right up, hope I didn't put a whammy on myself with that. > Well, it's into the single and low double digits here in New England and I > have noticed the Bus has a hard time maintaining heat to the interior. My > temp gauge sits on the lower edge of the red light. It takes the normal 5 > + minutes driving to warm up enough to move the gauge far enough off bottom > to turn the heat on at all. I am considering constructing some sort of > bra to go over the upper grille to decrease air flow over the radiator. > First I thought I might post this question. Is this normal in the frigid > cold? Have others experienced this? Could it be a malfunctioning > thermostat? Does someone make said bra/cover? I await your reply. > > Dave B. >

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