The Two Most Common Complaints with the Volkswagen Vanagon
With a great deal of versatility and all of the reliability of anything made by Germany, the Volkswagen Vanagon is quite a legend among collectors. It's pretty understandable then, that the line has continued well into the new century. All in all, it's very difficult to spot any problems with the Vanagon. No matter where it is used all over the world, people remark about how very efficient it is and how not prone it is to breaking down. Still, no ride is ever truly perfect, and after much effort, we managed to find at least two problems that might plague you if you own a vanagon.
Cooling fan problems
It is a Volkswagen Vanagon from the very last year of its production run-2002-that manifests this particular set of difficulties. In the best cases, it simply breaks down and leads to a bit of inconvenient overheating. At the very worst of cases-which was actually kind of rare-the radiator fan would completely disintegrate and tear off a chunk of the radiator as it did. It might be rare, but it's a serious-and expensive problem-to deal with nonetheless.
No recall orders were issued for this particular problem, and it remains fairly rare. If you encounter it, it might be a good idea to bring the van back to the dealer. If you opt to have repairs or replacements done, be warned that it is very, very costly.
Though related to the above-mentioned problem, this is actually unique to an earlier release of the Volkswagen Vanagon-1998, to be exact. It never reached the same levels of sheer seriousness as the 2002 problem would evolve to be, but did affect a far greater number of owners. In nearly all cases, the affected engine was the original Audi 5-piston, 4-gear engine.
What proved to be the solution was a replacement of the radiator, radiator cap, and the water pump. Upon doing all of that, a greater majority of users reported that the problem went away completely. If your 1998 Vanagon is covered by the recall, the replacement is done for free. Otherwise, be ready to shell out quite a bit depending on the replacement brand that you get.
How to Make Your Volkswagen Vanagon Withstand Summer Heat
The summer heat can be hard on many parts of a car. Well, you can't get rid of the sun, and surely, you can't just hide your Volkswagen Vanagon during the day too. So, what can you do to help your car withstand summer heat? It has been years since your Vanagon was conceived and there's no way you're going to lose it now over a heatstroke. Then maybe you should try these simple ways that will aid in your car's survival not just during summer, but even just by being in really torrid places.
- Invest in a good car cover.
There's no guarantee that you can always find a covered parking space to park your car into, so having a car cover neatly tucked in your cabin is a good way to provide your ride with protection from the sun's searing heat whenever and wherever you are. You can simply take it out and cover your car, especially if you plan to be away for a long time. This may seem a little bit too much, but covering your car from unnecessary exposure to the sun will not just help preserve your car's paint, but it will also put less strain on your air conditioning system when it starts to cool-off your cabin.
- Keep your engine coolant clean and fresh.
Engine coolant is vital to your engine's performance. Even a powerful engine could not survive releasing all its power without the risk of overheating. Add up the extra heat due to the weather and your engine doesn't really stand a chance without the coolant to keep it in check. Over time, the coolant will eventually go bad. It will deteriorate and have an acid build-up, rust or other contaminants. Changes in the freezing and boiling points may even happen, especially if you add water that will dilute the required 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water. With those factors to consider, replacing the coolant is needed to ensure that it is in pristine condition and can properly aid the engine in its work.
- Keep tabs on your air filters.
Your air filters play an important role in ensuring that no contaminants will enter your engine system as well as your car's heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. When the temperature in the surroundings is high, dust and debris could easily get sucked by your car. And those things, though minute in size, can accumulate and give you a big headache later on if not warded off from your car's systems. Your engine filter, for example, blocks debris from entering your engine's cylinders. If not regularly replaced, an engine filter may become strained to the point of it breaking into pieces, and be sucked by the engine along with all the debris it has accumulated. Not only will you have no choice then but to replace the filter, but you will also have to deal with the engine complications as well.