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Should be noted that while it recommends to replace the coolant every 2 years it is vital to use non-phosphate coolant.
Shaun
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When you smell fuel or hear any noise, park it, check it fix it. Many 'car-b-ques' have happened with westies because fuel hoses have become brittle and leak- AlWays and I mean AlWays carry fire extinguishers-I reccomend one in the front between the seats and one in the rear- if your baby cathes on fire you have only a few seconds before the flames will completely engulf your westy (This I have learned after watching my'83 burn to the ground in less than 5 minutes
unitoz
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Check the tires as far as proper rating. This could be a life saving procedure since so many Vanagons have the wrong tires on them. If you don`t know what this means go to a tire shop and discuss your options...most important on Westies
Chas. Carroll
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Thank you so much for nice write up. I just bought a vanagon '88, now I know what needs to be done right away. Thx again.
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I have the Jackall version (very simalir to HiLift) made out of real metal unlike Jed's bendy ebay version..TBH most of the time I use the original Syncro jack and a block of wood, the Hi-lift style jacks are heavy and cumbersome, although do lift very quickly. You'll need an adpater to use if with the standard jacking points (about a320). Or have decent side bars to lift with..
Rajan
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Thanks for the checklist (I'm halfway through it) Battery. I had to swivel the passenger seat 180 degrees to allow room to completely remove the battery. 90 degrees did not provide enough clearance. '84 Westy 1.9L
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