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  • Re: Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by bob@... (Bob) on August 15, 2022 at 12:42 am

    In addition to the jump box, I rigged up my LifePo4 aux battery so that on occasion, if needed, I can switch my aux battery to charge my engine battery.  I made a simple drawing, attached.  Remember that if you add a lithium battery as your aux, you'll need to add a DC-DC charger (for LifePo4) and convert your AC-DC Charger as well.  All of it works great with solar and with a 1000-watt inverter! (not shown) Never leave your two batteries directly connected after your jump!

  • Re: Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by kozmob@... (Kozmo) on August 14, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    I have a Micro-Start XP-10 https://www.amazon.com/Micro-Start-XP-10-Latest-Carrying/dp/B09N414F8MThe reason I have this one is that it was a gift. Have had it for about 5 years. Never failed me. Jumped vehicles, charged my phone, camera, and computer, powered my compressor.  Once I thought I had lost it and researched for a replacement. If I hadn’t found the Micro-Start, I would have bought this:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015TKUPIC/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1  Kozmo  

  • Re: Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by craig.mcclung@... (Craig) on August 14, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Komso,Can I ask which brand or model of lithium jump box you have and how long ?Was thinking of getting one since they are so small and seem to work well.Craig

  • Re: Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by kozmob@... (Kozmo) on August 14, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Here’s my list. I keep a check-off list of everything I pack so I know when I leave home, I have it all. YMMV depending on your travel and camping style. I am often on very remote Forest Service and BLM roads.  Phone – with maps and many other relevant apps. That would be another good list. Garmin InReach satellite messengerAAA cardFlashlights and headlampsTool bag –small collection of the usual mechanic toolsElectrical tools and supplies; multi-meter, 16-gauge wire, wire cutters, butt splicesSelf-bonding super tapeShovelGoTreads traction grids - for sand or snow Extra key – hidden in an outside lock box Lithium jump starter battery pack – can start the rig if necessary or power any device on board. I also have jumper cables though they might be obsolete with the lithium batteryTow strapAir in a can12V compressorWork glovesFire extinguisherBeer – in case all else fails. Or not.Spare partsSerpentine beltVoltage regulatorHose clampsMotor oil     

  • Re: 95 Manual 5spd fluid
    by redrockrunyon@... (Deb Runyon) on August 14, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    I've enjoyed the discussion about tranny fluid for a 95 Manual EVC. Mine is running strong but only had 92K miles. Out of curiosity, are parts still available for rebuilding the 5 speed transmission?  

  • Re: 95 Manual 5spd fluid
    by tdibiker@... on August 14, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for the reply Josh!  I know you're right and I'm avoiding having to rebuild the trans so I was hoping that others had experiences with Redline not being as smooth as advertised, especially since GoWesty's info on their page isn't exactly correct.  They recommend more oil than is needed by more than a quart and their instructions of filling till it overflows are not correct. I can't tell if it's MT90 or MTL based on their site, https://gowesty.com/products/gear-oil-1-qt-75w90-gl-5I will likely get the VW oil and change it out to see how it looks and if it's smoother.  Again, to put off a rebuild as long as possible.Thanks!

  • Re: Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by craig.mcclung@... (Craig) on August 14, 2022 at 11:59 am

    I carry a few basic tools as it sounds you do. Always also a 12V Multimeter and range of spare fuses. Now including the ones for the cooling fans.BUT most importantly is downloaded the VANALERT app!!!  It’s pretty cool in it lists repair shops, fellow VW van people willing to lend driveway space for repairs or even come rescue you off the side of the road.We actually used this app on our trip to Maine to locate a VW repair shop when the start quick.

  • Re: Fuel system issue
    by k_kodiak1@... (Big C) on August 14, 2022 at 6:52 am

    Hello, Curtis, I don’t recommend aiming a parts cannon to “fix” stuff unless you know the part you're buying is the fix. But if you already have a known-good part available (free), then it's reasonable to swap the part. Based on the symptoms you provided… and understanding I’m only guessing based on my experience.And also understanding for most of stuff I’m suggesting here, you’ll need a scope, a multimeter, and some experience or someone who knows what to look for and/or how to interpret waveform data. If you’re a gung-ho  DIY’er, then jump on the internet. Lots of excellent video tutorials available by some amazing auto techs who willingly share their expertise with everyone. 1. Vacuum leak (unmetered air) - as rpm's and run-time increase, the ride smooths out. The engine gets hotter, and heat tends to minimize or nearly "fix" small vacuum leaks at cylinder heads and valve cover and other places so the ECU doesn’t go bonkers with unmetered air and flood the fuel injectors. So check for leaks at egr, pcv (sticking pcv can cause idle and other performance issues), air flow meter, brake booster (although the booster can be trickier to diagnose), any place there’s a grommet, hose, gasket or mating surface on engine. Really easy and cheap to diy test for many vacuum leaks with a spray bottle of water. Lots of excellent videos online. Go deeper using a vacuum gauge and/or smoke machine. Easy to setup. 2. Fuel pressure regulator is getting “stuck” but gets happy at higher rpm. Many regulators have a rubber o-ring seal. Sometimes those get smooshy-brittle and leak. You’ll need to test fuel pump pressure as other posters suggested and check before/after regulator and filter. A related issue is intermittent voltage drop to the fuel pump from the fuel pump relay. If power is being restricted to the fuel pump, the pump won’t pump the correct pressure or volume of fuel. In your case, most of the performance issue is at lower rpm, not highway driving…so inclined to think may not be the pump pressure or volume per se unless… 3. Fuel pump is ready to go – you’ll need pump specs, a scope and a multimeter to really test this, maybe a little experience as well to understand/interpret waveforms and because you’ll be checking grounds and power from the engine bay to the fuel pump. 4. Fuel injectors – really need a scope on these and check against ignition spark and crank. Are they the original 140,000 mile injectors? Ever been replaced/removed/cleaned? 5. MAF sensor – needs cleaning or needs replacing. Even with a scope this is a difficult sensor to troubleshoot. You’ll need a scope, multimeter, experience. And you’ll need to perform drive cycles. Even then, it can be a crapshoot, especially if no codes.  6. IAC – Idle Air Control valve needs cleaning or is faulty. Not sure if your vehicle has one. 7. PCV sticking sometimes but related to air leak. Easy to check. Make sure to check grommet if it has one. If it’s rubber, it likes to leak. So check for vacuum leak. Don’t buy a new pcv if the installed pcv checks okay. That’s money you can save for a cheap burger. If you have to buy new, then make sure to get the grommet as well. 😊 8. ECT. Faulty Engine Coolant Temp sensor. If temp sensor misreports, then ECU adjusts fuel because it thinks the engine isn’t running at proper temp (adds fuel if it thinks it’s “cold” which is part of reason why rpm higher on startup). Easy to test…but a real pain to get out sometimes. This is a rare issue. If I were the tech, I’d be asking questions and looking at stuff:How long have these symptoms been present (when did you notice and why)?What time of day?Are symptoms present all the time or intermittent? What color is the exhaust at idle? After sitting all night or day? At running temp? After driving for 15 minutes on the highway? Any fuel smell in the engine compartment? Any wetness near the fuel injectors or fuel pressure regulator? How’s gas mileage? Any strange noises from the engine compartment? What’s your air filter look like?Battery at full charge and getting charged properly? Were any other parts replaced before or besides the computer? What happens when you stomp on the accelerator (wot – wide open throttle)? What happens to rpm when you turn on a/c (if you have a/c)? Surprising the ECU replacement “fixed” anything. It's more typical for something to get "fixed" unknowingly when a tech is banging around in the engine bay - if the stalling is still fixed as you say – excellent!. Replacing an ECU is a big deal. It’s more typical for techs not to perform a proper drive-cycle relearn pattern when an ECU is replaced. So what you get is the default performance protocol from the ECU until the ECU adjusts itself for the signals from input/output sensors and then sends its corrections to some sensors…so from air flow to fuel to spark, the big three of any combustion engine and from evap system. Performance can change after the default system is adjusted real-time from sensors. 

  • Re: Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by murso74@... (matthew urso) on August 14, 2022 at 6:52 am

    I really don't carry anything but a AAA platinum card.. covers a 200 mile tow

  • Re: Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by md03@... (Michael Diehr) on August 13, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    PPE* a big piece of cardboard (folds in half, stored under the rear bed). Great if you need to sit on the ground or slide under the van for any repairs.* long-sleeve shirt you don't care about* disposable glovesTools* A long breaker bar with 19mm socket for changing tires (the VW spare tire lug bolt wrench is quite short).* right-angle screwdriver to change the ignition switch (see below)Gadgets* OBD-2 scanner (or laptop with VCDS or VCDS-Lite and a USB to OBD2 adapter)Info* a laptop with 15+ years of archived [eurovanupdate] messages!* don't trust the user's manual or mechanics - I had one trip almost ruined by "failed windows" where the problem was a simple blown fuse, which was mis-documented in the user manual and by a VW dealer.Parts* ignition switch - common failure point that causes a lot of weird electrical problems. Hard to change w/o the right tool (see above)Dual-Use* leveling blocks can be used as impromptu jack-stands (if you need to get under the van to work, don't trust only the VW jack)Technique* for driving up steep grades in the heat, learn the difference between gears where the transmission torque converter is locked up vs. slipping. The non-locked up gears will generate a lot more heat; better to shift down one gear instead.* if you have air conditioner troubles, know the sounds & signs of impending failure and how to turn off the AC compressor - this can save your serpentine belt

  • Re: Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by txpigeon@... (Duane) on August 13, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    On Sat, Aug 13, 2022 at 01:26 PM, stevekrival wrote: What other useful tools should I consider? I've found that on my Rialta, the Eurovan part anyway, as long as I have 13mm and 10mm sockets with wrench, a couple of screwdrivers, and a big pair of pliers, I can handle about anything.  There's always gonna be that oddball thing, but they're hard to prepare for no matter what.I've also been known to make a 'day trip' to help out someone in need, so you might consider this group as an extra 'tool'.-- Duane05HD Rialta220K Miles

  • Re: Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by jonathanmackenzie@... (Jonathan Mackenzie) on August 13, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    In https://groups.io/g/eurovanupdate/message/137228 M&M left their list.In https://groups.io/g/eurovanupdate/message/131693 W. Li had some good advice.There was a thread on this for a 1992: https://groups.io/g/eurovanupdate/topic/45911691#124814You might want to practice removing the spare tire from its rack underneath the van before you set out. Change the automatic transmission fluid. On long climbs, switch the AC on.  Safe travels!- Jonathan 1999 EVC

  • Re: Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by kgkirkley@... (Kent Kirkley) on August 13, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    At only 86K miles, you probably won't have any mechanical issues, but you never know.I have a '97EVC and lost my water pump and serpentine belt at 100K miles in the middle of nowhere.I'd get a water pump, serpentine belt and belt tensioner, and a correct bolt to release tension on the belt.I'd have a premium emergency roadside coverage, AAA or Good Sams.Really good, bright LED work light.LED headlamp.Tire Plug repair kit, gloves, pliers. (sometimes you can remove a nail and plug it yourself, even on roadside)12volt Tire InflaterWhen was your transmission's fluid, filter and gasket last changed. It should be changed at least every 40k miles, if notmore often, like 20k miles.If you don't have one, you might consider installing an external transmission oil cooler. It mounts in front of the radiator andkeeps the transmission oil temperature from getting too high, which damages it resulting in transmission failure.Before trip have an oil & filter change.Check coolant and brake fluid level.What is the condition of your tires? Have them checked, rotated and balanced with correct air pressure.Low tire pressures and highway heat are the greatest cause of tire failure and blowouts.If they are suspect, new tires.Kent Kirkley'97 EVC

  • Re: Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by sletz@... (sam letzring) on August 13, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    At 86kMiles- not much should need replacing. I have 150k on my 02EVC- and I usually take a few more spares. Have spare fuses - all amperage's- maybe a spare serpentine belt- but they usually last 100k or more. I usually have my Bentley repair manual on my computer. We've driven from NM to NY many times in ours and never really had a breakdown (except for one flat tire). Having a 12 volt air compressor came in handy for that. Patched the tire with a plug- pumped it up and drove to the next town to get it properly repaired. Good luck sam 02 EVC

  • Re: Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by fnewell19@... (Fred) on August 13, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Towing Insurance that covers more than a minimum distance.  Paper Coveralls & an orange vest.  List some possible repair centers along your route... It is easier from home than sitting beside the road wondering where to have it towed.  Keep water in your tanks for flushing potty and washing greasy hands.  Lava hand soap, or hand cleaner orange stuff from dollar store.  Spare rags.Memorial Day Weekend had our twin electric fan units (in front of the radiator) fall apart when driving on washboard freeway I-40 just west of Kingman AZ.  Found a shop in Kingman after 12 calls from Flagstaff to Needles.  Finally found a place that would work on a German vehicle.  They had to source parts.  We left the rig there and continued our trip in a rental car... to Gulf Shores AL and back.  Upon return everything was fixed.  We also had them do an inspection and oil change.  $1600.  The tow was 12 miles, but could have been 200.

  • Which Tools & Parts Would You Recommend for a Road Trip? 2001 Eurovan Camper
    by skrival@... (stevekrival) on August 13, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I am hitting the road in my 2001 Eurovan Camper (86K Miles) for an extended road trip. Which tools and spare parts would you take with you? In the past I have taken: 1. A canvas repair kit; 2. various screwdrivers and wrenches 3. Tire iron, jack, and gloves, good spare tire; 4. freon leak detector and yellow glasses; 5. error code detector. What other useful tools should I consider?

  • Re: 95 Eurovan Intermittent screeching when initally accelerating
    by joellipson@... (Joel) on August 12, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you, Josh!

  • Re: 95 Eurovan Intermittent screeching when initally accelerating
    by joellipson@... (Joel) on August 12, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you, Janet!

  • Re: 95 Eurovan Intermittent screeching when initally accelerating
    by jvantol@... (Joshua Van Tol) on August 12, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    The belt could easily be worn out. I would also check the condition of the tensioner and all the idler bearings, as well as the AC clutch bearing and the water pump.Usually a squealing belt means it's either worn out completely, or the tensioner is shot, or something being driven by the belt is about to lock up.

  • Re: 95 Eurovan Intermittent screeching when initally accelerating
    by janetmuccino@... (janet muccino) on August 12, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Fan belt