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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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.
> -----Original Message-----
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> 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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