Camp Westfalia

Maintenance & Repair – Page 2

 A Mobile Anachronism

Truth be told, it is no easy feat to keep a 30-year-old van running. Especially one with the added complexity of the Westfalia Camper package. And especially if you expect it to withstand the rigors of everything from long-distance, non-stop thru-trips to unpaved backwoods camping forays.

In all likelihood, the previous owner neglected or abused the poor beast, and there may be any number of hidden components just waiting to fail, leaving you stranded.

The good news is that although those with cold hearts may have let the old gal slip into a sad state of decline, that maintenance curve can be reversed, and with proper care, the right attitude (and a somewhat thick wallet) she can be brought back into her full functionality and former glory.

Bleeding the Vanagon Clutch Hydraulic System

Related Topics: Hydraulic Clutch System Overview Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement Clutch Slave Cylinder Replacement After replacing any clutch hydraulic components, air will have been introduced into the system, and this will prevent proper functioning of the clutch mechanism, so it must be bled. Start by carefully topping-up the fluid reservoir in the dash with fresh […]

Vanagon Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement

Related Topics: Hydraulic Clutch System Overview Clutch Slave Cylinder Replacement Bleeding the Clutch Hydraulic System Before getting started, check out the “Vanagon Hydraulic Clutch System Overview” Start with some vigorous stretching exercises and calisthenics as taught by your junior high school Phys. Ed. coach; the clutch master cylinder in particular is very well tucked away […]

Vanagon Hydraulic Clutch System Overview

Related Topics: Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement Clutch Slave Cylinder Replacement Bleeding the Clutch Hydraulic System The Vanagon’s hydraulic clutch system is fairly straightforward and clearly depicted in the Bentley manual, Page 30.2. Essentially, the clutch pedal actuates a hydraulic piston-and-cylinder assembly—usually referred to as the “master cylinder”—tucked away just above the base of the steering […]