FAQs—Dodge B 100 Van
My Dodge B 100 Van has been with me for a long time. I am starting to notice a musky smell from the air conditioner and stubborn grime has accumulated on the air vents. How do I clean the air vents?
Having a bad smell is one of the most obvious signs that the air vents need some washing. Air vents are usually taken for granted since it is hard to access them. Cleaning the vent grille may seem like a daunting task, but it is easily done with the right tools and technique. Use a cotton tip that is soaked in an interior car cleaner, then brush away the grime and dust in each individual grille. You can also use an antiseptic like Lysol. If you haven't cleaned the grille for a long time, then prepare a lot of cotton tips. Once you are done, open the doors and let the air conditioner run for 10 to 20 minutes to get rid of final residues. To keep it clean, shop around for cleaning kits and detailing products in the market. Invest in a good soft detailing brush and brush the vents from time to time.
Recently, the wheels of my Dodge B 100 van starts to buckle and shake while I am driving. It shakes so much I could feel it in my steering wheel. I know the engine is misfiring. How do I diagnose and solve this problem?
Engine misfires are usually related to either one or both of two things: spark or fuel. It may also be caused by an air and fuel mixture that is too far out of balance. The solution to treating this problem is proper diagnosis; you cannot just go on changing random parts. Thus, it is best to take your van to a reputable dealer to help you diagnose the problem area. Is it the spark plug, the cylinder, or an imbalanced fuel-to air ratio? There are many probable causes. If you insist on checking it first yourself, then these are the things you can look out for. Take a quick look at the spark plugs and check if there are signs of corrosion on the ignition coil, distributor cap, or rotor. Remember to turn the engine off while doing the inspection. Other causes such as vacuum leaks, leaking head gasket, and misadjusted valves would require professional tools and skills.
Why does my Dodge B100 Van's brakes squeal each time I step on the pedal?
There are instances wherein your van's brakes will make an annoying sound. That is unavoidable since the brake system includes components that are made of metal and powered by friction. Thus, hearing a squealing or squeaking sound once in a while is normal. However, if you are convinced that there's something to worry about, then better check if there is any damage or wear in the brake system components. Check the brake linings if they are worn and in need of replacement. The brake drum or disc might need to be machined as well. You could also check the brake pads. Check if they are loose or are missing the rattle chips. If nothing is wrong but you just want to get rid of the noise, simply change the brake pads to a different kind of friction metal. Consider getting an aftermarket premium metallic or ceramic pad. This will have different friction dynamics compared to the original pads. Consult first with your local mechanic whether the pads will be compatible with the existing brake system or not.