engine & ignition wiring harness replacement '82 Vanagon - help in San Diego?

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Re: engine & ignition wiring harness replacement '82 Vanagon - help in San Diego?

Post by blauvelt » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:37 am

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Good Morning Robbie,

Passed on your comments. The car is currently in the shop, so I don't know how much access my father can get you. I am going to send you his number.

Thank you for all your help.

-Doug
asiab3 wrote:I think our engines appreciate a slight enrichment to start when cold. If they die soon after, I would imagine the mixture is getting too lean too quickly. If you disconnect the head sensor (TS2) and leave it disconnected, it will tell the ECU to provide more fuel. If you ground the TS2 wire and it dies instantly, it says the mixture is too lean. I would look for a discreet vacuum leak in this case.

I can't say anymore without looking at the car.

I'll be in San Diego next week, and I'll look at the car if you'd like, just for fun?
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Re: engine & ignition wiring harness replacement '82 Vanagon - help in San Diego?

Post by Amskeptic » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:42 am

I'll be there "some time this summer" . . . .
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Re: engine & ignition wiring harness replacement '82 Vanagon - help in San Diego?

Post by blauvelt » Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:24 pm

Summer in San Diego can be quite pleasant.
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Post by MonoCone » Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:15 pm

What shop are you using now? Just wondering.........
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Re: engine & ignition wiring harness replacement '82 Vanagon - help in San Diego?

Post by blauvelt » Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:32 pm

Pro Align of Morena Blvd. (tecolate canyon).

So far no luck, it wont run. Starts up runs a minute and dies. Wont restart for an hour or so. :angryfire:
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Post by wanderer » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:07 am

A few weeks ago I sent you a PM offering to donate/give you and send you at no cost, an extra ECU I had on hand.Its gone now as I donated it already. Did you check your inbox???

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Post by blauvelt » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:22 am

Good Morning,

No, I didn't see it. Thank you though! Will shoot you a PM.
wanderer wrote:A few weeks ago I sent you a PM offering to donate/give you and send you at no cost, an extra ECU I had on hand.Its gone now as I donated it already. Did you check your inbox???

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Re: engine & ignition wiring harness replacement '82 Vanagon - help in San Diego?

Post by blauvelt » Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:07 am

Friday morning update:

Nothing. Nada. "Everything checks out" and it still wont run more than a minute. He went to the garage and fished out the TC so atleast he will have a car to drive. Trying to convince him to put it in the garage till summer time. I know he is very frustrated, as we would all be.

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Post by wanderer » Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:25 am

Not sure why you didn't receive my PM ???, I double checked my out box and it doesn't appear there either. I have stockpiled parts and pieces for my own 82 Westy for quite a few years. Ill look to see if I have another ECU, AND if I do find one, I will send it out to you. In my ( mystery ) email I sent ( ??? ) I indicated I would send it out at no cost to you. In a bunch of box's I have, are parts Ive bought from VW shops who've gone out of business, or from sellers who sell parts from parted out Vans. Some of the parts Ive bought worked out just fine...others not so fine and that's to be expected when someone is parting out.

Give me a couple days next week to have a look see at what I may find. If I hit the jackpot, Ill let you know. In the meantime, have you contacted Bela's Foreign Car Repair ? Their located in Southern California. Ive no experience with them personally but the Vanagon Rescue Squad and Samba Members give them good reviews.

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Re: engine & ignition wiring harness replacement '82 Vanagon - help in San Diego?

Post by blauvelt » Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:55 am

Happy Friday!!

Will pass the shop onto my father, he is in San Diego, so may be a bit of a trek to Burbank. Did you PM it or email me last time?

Mulling this over, what system related parts can heat up and then in failure cause the engine to die. This part(s) would also have to show as checking out "good" when cold, so the failure mode has to effectively be spontaneous and not detectable except during that exact moment of failure?

1. Subject to heat? has to get warm to fail
2. Communication related? it sends a signal, or responds to a signal that says "change something".
3. Assuming the communication mechanism is fully functioning? (new wiring).

The following parts have not been replaced with new:
1. Air Mass sensor
2., Fuel pump
3. Fuel return valve.

As an aside, the fuel rail pressure is testing as fine for (have not checked for volume) as soon the engine dies, the fuel pressure has been checked.

Per the mechanic, he thinks the engine is shutting down due to a full lean situation (when it dies, it does not stink like fuel). His other observation is that the when he pulls the plugs, they are coal black, but that is probably attributed to the fact that the engine in start up mode is running rich and the plugs never get hot enough to burn off.
wanderer wrote:Not sure why you didn't receive my PM ???, I double checked my out box and it doesn't appear there either. I have stockpiled parts and pieces for my own 82 Westy for quite a few years. Ill look to see if I have another ECU, AND if I do find one, I will send it out to you. In my ( mystery ) email I sent ( ??? ) I indicated I would send it out at no cost to you. In a bunch of box's I have, are parts Ive bought from VW shops who've gone out of business, or from sellers who sell parts from parted out Vans. Some of the parts Ive bought worked out just fine...others not so fine and that's to be expected when someone is parting out.

Give me a couple days next week to have a look see at what I may find. If I hit the jackpot, Ill let you know. In the meantime, have you contacted Bela's Foreign Car Repair ? Their located in Southern California. Ive no experience with them personally but the Vanagon Rescue Squad and Samba Members give them good reviews.

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Re: engine & ignition wiring harness replacement '82 Vanagon - help in San Diego?

Post by asiab3 » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:38 am

blauvelt, I am terribly sorry for not responding to your PM in a timely manner.

I won't be near San Diego until early March, but I am still happy to stop by and offer any help I can. Of course, this would be determined by the availability of the car. Is it still at a shop?

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Re: engine & ignition wiring harness replacement '82 Vanagon - help in San Diego?

Post by Amskeptic » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:43 am

I will give you a money-back guarantee to get it running correctly if it is not running right by the time I get out to San Diego. I have not yet been beaten by a Volkswagen.
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Re: engine & ignition wiring harness replacement '82 Vanagon - help in San Diego?

Post by blauvelt » Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:49 am

It runs...there was a wiring issue, unfortunately, there were 2 mislabel wires on the loom. Also something else had failed (will find out). I fly out Thursday to see how it is going and to work on the TC which is having rear hub issues.
Amskeptic wrote:I will give you a money-back guarantee to get it running correctly if it is not running right by the time I get out to San Diego. I have not yet been beaten by a Volkswagen.
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Re: engine & ignition wiring harness replacement '82 Vanagon - help in San Diego?

Post by blauvelt » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:34 pm

Evening, do you have a schedule for SoCal this summer? Would like to book some of your time.
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I'll be there "some time this summer" . . . .
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Re: engine & ignition wiring harness replacement '82 Vanagon - help in San Diego?

Post by Amskeptic » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:25 am

blauvelt wrote:
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:34 pm
Evening, do you have a schedule for SoCal this summer? Would like to book some of your time.
Amskeptic wrote:
Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:42 am
I'll be there "some time this summer" . . . .
Colin


Look at the posted schedule 2017 Itinerary:

Aug 11 asiab3 ........................................ Newhall CA
Aug 13 tommu ..........................................Burbank CA
Aug 15 NYCynthia ..................................Los Angeles CA
Aug 21 Total Eclipse Chase ....................................OR?

If whatever bus I am using is fleet-of-foot, we might be able to do a 16th or 17th . . .
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 91 414 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,113 miles

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