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by a1winchester
14 Aug 2020, 20:18
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Coolant issue, low pressure tank filling up
Replies: 15
Views: 1423

Re: Coolant issue, low pressure tank filling up

Often a failing compression seal will not leak under idling or free revving, only under load, due to insufficient cylinder pressure being created to breach the seal. Under full load the temperature and peak pressure achieved is much higher, and a tiny bubble of gas can be forced past the seal on ea...
by a1winchester
26 Jul 2020, 12:29
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 1.9DG starts and runs then stalls.
Replies: 9
Views: 1113

Re: 1.9DG starts and runs then stalls.

Possibly a pinhole leak in your fuel line. Your symptoms sound very similar to mine when touring Scotland a few years back. New fuel lines sorted it. The fuel pump sucks in small air bubbles and so starves the carb of fuel.
by a1winchester
15 Jan 2019, 12:08
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 1.9 DG - Spark Plug Condition
Replies: 10
Views: 2360

Re: 1.9 DG - Spark Plug Condition

Sorry if this sounds obvious, but are you operating the automatic choke by pressing the throttle pedal to the floor a couple of times before starting?
by a1winchester
07 Jul 2018, 13:41
Forum: Campers
Topic: Frida - VW T25 Devon Sunrise
Replies: 5
Views: 2385

Re: Frida - VW T25 Devon Sunrise

HT leads, dizzy cap, rotor arm and vacuum hoses are always a good bet to avoid future problems in those areas.

Consider changing the oil in the gear box too. Although it's supposed to last for ever, the black crud that came out of mine showed that it was a worthwhile exercise.
by a1winchester
04 Jun 2018, 10:28
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 2.1 Service advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1287

Re: 2.1 Service advice

Most of your questions are answered in the WIKI or by searching previous threads on this web site. Unless your van has had a non standard engine implanted, there are no points, so no point gap to worry about. I admire your bravery in buying a van without starting it up! That's what I call faith in t...
by a1winchester
04 May 2018, 20:20
Forum: Bodywork, Seats & Glass
Topic: Wing mirrors give up over 60mph
Replies: 20
Views: 7446

Re: Wing mirrors give up over 60mph

Oldiebut goodie wrote:My sand and grease on the ball method works and never needs changing! A lot of people have used it since I devised it.
This worked for me and has lasted 3 years now :ok
by a1winchester
02 Jan 2018, 12:46
Forum: Campers
Topic: Insulation- The Science
Replies: 5
Views: 2975

Re: Insulation- The Science

My experience with insulation and prevention of condensation relates to buildings, not camper vans, but the science is the same. The YouTube video explains this pretty well, but there are a couple of other things to consider. If the loose fill fibreglass insulation becomes wet, it acts like a sponge...
by a1winchester
02 Jan 2018, 12:01
Forum: Campers
Topic: Camper grill blows out after flaring
Replies: 5
Views: 1514

Re: Camper grill blows out after flaring

Propane or butane? Cooking fuels must be in a gaseous state before they can be used with a stove. Standard butane boils at 31 degrees F, while propane boils at -43 degrees F. This means that if you are cooking in freezing weather, butane will not work well because it will remain in a liquid state. Y...
by a1winchester
02 Jan 2018, 11:38
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Starting Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1223

Re: Starting Problem

Happy New Year too! Are you hot starting using the accelerator pedal correctly? I believe you are supposed to gradually increase the gas while turning the starter, increasing the amount until it fires. I have sometimes had to almost put the pedal to the floor before it catches. Obviously, ease off a...
by a1winchester
28 Nov 2017, 22:12
Forum: Electrical & Instrumentation
Topic: Speedo adjustment
Replies: 24
Views: 6530

Re: Speedo adjustment

That's really interesting - thanks. I always thought that if my speedo was registering 10% high, the odometer was always counting high too. So possibly not the case. I'm not sure I will go to the trouble of adjusting as you did. I can work out the actual speed quite easily as 55 mph indicated is act...
by a1winchester
21 Nov 2017, 09:35
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Noise when turning point right...
Replies: 5
Views: 1244

Re: Noise when turning point right...

I had a nasty noise from the front nearside once. It turned out to be the water tank filler tube rubbing on the tyre when near full lock. Sorted with a cable tie.
by a1winchester
21 Nov 2017, 09:31
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fuel Pump Push Rod
Replies: 8
Views: 2000

Re: Fuel Pump Push Rod

I would check / replace the plastic pedestal too as it can bind on the pushrod when the engine is hot.

Have a look at this youtube video, about 1 minute in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-QDI74acLY
by a1winchester
13 Nov 2017, 20:51
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: stiff when changing gear
Replies: 5
Views: 1696

Re: stiff when changing gear

They used to put bromide in your tea to cure that! :rofl
by a1winchester
08 Nov 2017, 20:01
Forum: Electrical & Instrumentation
Topic: Led headlights
Replies: 16
Views: 5821

Re: Led headlights

Have you considered photobiological testing and the effects of blue light on the eye if vieed too close for too long, its a requirement of appoved LED lighting....probably other requirments too that you never thought of. The problem with a high blue light content is your iris does not close down so...
by a1winchester
08 Nov 2017, 12:12
Forum: Electrical & Instrumentation
Topic: Led headlights
Replies: 16
Views: 5821

Re: Led headlights

Has anyone used the led indicator bulbs - as my normal indicators don't work very well in my smoked (just kampers - bought before I knew about brickwerks - now converted for many years ;-) rear lights :-( & often other vehicles don't seem to see my indicators even though they are working. Yes, ...