VW Vanagon

The VW Vanagon was a Transporter model manufactured by Volkswagen from May 1979 to July 1992. Some of the features of this vehicle are power steering, power door locks and a tachometer.

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Ford Taurus
Chevy Camaro
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the flasher for the turn signals and hazard blinkers located on the 1999 Mercury Sable?

The flasher/turn signal is screwed into the metal support above the fuse panel, you must take the bottom of the dash off and remove the plastic cover. this is for a sable that has light out detection. Any questions, contact chrisvolkswagon@msn.com I know for Real. Look under your dash. Look for a Blue Box screwed into the right side of the dash panel. This of course is done, with you laying on your back, and your feet in the back seat. It sucks to get to, but it's the easiest to access once your under there. It's a blue box, about the size of half a twinkie. Remove the plug that holds it in, unscrew the screw that holds it to the frame, and go to Autozone to get a new relay. You will have to reuse the metal piece that holds the relay to the dash panel, so be sure and save that before you throw the old part away. Installation is the reverse. Be sure to read through the Related Question below on the Taurus - great tips & info that equally applies to the Sable. Flasher relay is located, behind left side of instrument panel. The Flasher sensor looks like a little aluminum can, and is located under the dash (provided they didn't include a dash cover) otherwise you'd have to unscrew it first from all it's mounting screws. The can is mounted on the steering column up a ways, (best way to see is to put your head up there, while your feet rest in the backseat, it's uncomfortable but it works. You'll see two cans, left/right, turn your key to the "on" position, and use the turn signals, and feel each can for a clicking feel/sound. Don't replace that one, unless you don't have turn signals either. Henceforth the other one is the Hazard/Flasher sensor. Pull out the wire clip (it's easier if you slide the can out of it's holding clip, pop in a new one, and get upright before you pass out. Check all of the fuses. If they are good change the flasher which is in the fuse box on some cars. The flasher on most cars is located around the fuse box under the dash, or attached to the underside of the dash. It is a small round cylindrical Can made of aluminum, or plastic.

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Car Sounds
Chevy Tahoe
VW Vanagon

What would cause a knocking noise when the engine is cold?

  • My first guess is the neighbor's cat trying to get out from underneath the hood. However, if you see no hair, I would question if the oil is getting up to the valves efficiently. I can do a little research, but I would need the engine size, how often you change the oil, what weight oil you use (5w30?) and does the noise come from above the engine or below? Is the noise a heavy knock or more of a tapping? Post a follow-up here, and I'll try to help.
  • Replace the PCV valve. I've had similar problems with a Saturn, I even had to replace a whole motor because it consumed too much oil. I discovered that the new engine was doing the same thing. After replacing the PCV, everything was back to normal.
  • There is a TSB about cylinder head gaskets leaking on these cars. This kind of leaks can have various symptoms including those that your having.
  • Sounds like car has been overheated and has a collapsed piston skirt. This will cause piston slap until piston heat up and expand.
  • Synthetic oil is too thin for a used engine. You should use a straight weight oil, like 30W. Sometimes a flex plate on the transmission will develop cracks and make noise when cold (been there). If the oil pressure is low, there could be a knock, which synthetic oil can cause in an older engine because it is too thin. If there is a check valve in the oil filter or a cheap oil filter, it could be letting the oil drain from the oil pump.
  • A cold knock is usually caused by piston to cylinder wall excessive clearence. sometime on a quick rebuild .even with spread the piston skirt. you will get a knock. a low down in the engine heavy knock is main bearings. a fast knock is the rods bearing our a cracked piston. a tapping upper niose is valve lifts in a hydraulic lifter engine. in a solid lifter engine you cah adjust the noise out. some time you will have change the rocker arms our resurface. a bearing knock get louder with temperature. pistons expand with tempiture quiting the noise you need any experinced mechanic to tell you what is wrong, in person. long distance diagnose is hard. hold it up to the phone and let me hear it turbo joe.
  • It sounds like you're transmission is beginning to collapse. Is it an automatic? If so, you might want a professional mechanic to examine this IMMEDIATELY. If you don't not only will it become undrivable but it could eventually affect the rest of the engine like a series of bombs taking out individual parts. I had a experience very much like what you're describing with a 95 Buick Skylark and by the time it was looked at 2/3 of the engine was destroyed. Good luck!
  • Sometimes if you do not change your oil and the oil breaks down into sludge because you didnt change your oil in time you get whats called a stuck lifter and it can cause a loud rocking slapping noise they have engine cleaners that are on the market some aren't so good so choose wisely.
  • Oil... and really watch what oil you use... newer hondas and other foeregn jobs have small ports for oil circulation.... well for the oil to return to the bottom... that could cause rod knock... and since the oil isn't going back down right away to get pumped it would cause the rockers to rattle a bit... but when it warms up finally the oil will flo better.... cant remember which company... but if you popped the motor by using the wrong oil they wont cover a damn cent.... even if its only 3 4 months old.
  • Ok there right but if u had bad rings 1 the car would smoke and 2 the car wouldn't have power now i had a 94 thunderbird with a 3.8 and i got the same knocking or tapping and it was a ristpin which is located on the piston if you didnt know now most likely if its a tapping noise from the top of the engine it is normally a callapsed lifter which happen you wont lose power and it wont smoke but to cure the noise use a heavy weight oil such as 20/50the tap could also come from rockers if you have a cloged push rod which happens over age it will cause a lack of oil to the top if the engine process of elimination check the rockers make sure there tight and to torque sequence.
  • I've had 2 Hondas, and still currently have one of them. I don't think you have anything to worry about. I was reading all of these responses and laughing...The cars run at a higher idle, which is computer driven until the engine is warm. The Vtec kicks in at higher idles (usually 4000+ rpms) but it is also driven by oil pressure. Since the oil is more viscous at colder temps, and the car is running at higher rpms, your are simply hearing some valve noise. Chances are the valves are perfectly fine. Once warm...does the car run ok, I'm guessing yes. The guy that answered saying it's the Transmission...c'mon you can't compare a Buick to a Honda!
  • It's because oil, even a multi-grade like 5w30 is still too thick to flow efficiently when cold. Auto manufacturers choose an engine oil "weight" for OPERATING temperatures, not for when the engine is cold. Even a 5 or 0w oil, when cold, is thicker than a 40w at operating temp. This causes restriction in the small orifices in parts such as lifters, which is the most common source of engine tick when an engine is cold. BTW, cold is defined as a temperature less than the oil's effective operating range, 180-250F for example. That said, an oil at room temperature is still too thick. Google it.
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Chevy Impala
Jeep Cherokee Sport
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher on a 2001 Impala?

under dash

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Check Engine Light
Nissan Maxima
VW Vanagon

If your 98 Maxima hesitates when you come to a light what should you do to try to repair it?

MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR! Only use 92 or higher octane fuel and add injector cleaner to the fuel tank at least once a month!

If the hesitation is when you accelarate, it could be bad spark plugs and/or wires/distributor cap and rotor.

My 97 did that and it turned out to be bad O2 sensors. If they check out o.k., then it may be the EGR valve.

my 94 maxima did that and the check engine light was on...stalled a lot from that reason, got it checked out and it turned out to be an O2 sensor, when the repair was complete the check engine light went off too.

My '96 Maxima used to hesitate when I was idling, I used carburetor cleaner in the throttle valve (I think that is what it is called), and it is the point after the air in take and after the air filter where it goes into a sliver valve. When spraying it remember to increase acceleration. The car might stall a few times, it says on the back of the cleaner it might stall as well, just start it back up and do again.

On my '92 Maxima, it turned out to be the timing was off.

I have a 99 Maxima (same car) and had this problem. My car stalled and even died on me at stop lights. I replaced the O2 sensor but the car continued to stall. I found out that the factory ignition coils was the problem. I replaced all 6 ignition coils and have not had a problem since.

FYI: If you go to the dealer for 6 ignition coils, they will kill you. it will cost about 800 and more. I had to change one, I got it from www.rockauto.com for 57$ + tx + shipping ended up costing about 80$ and changed it by my self.

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American Cars
Oldsmobile Intrigue
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher on a 2001 Oldsmobile intrigue?

Probably part of the hazard warning module - part of the hazard switch

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Buick Skylark
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the signal flasher located on a 1995 Buick Skylark?

Left side of the steering wheel behind the dash board. You would need to remove the underside panel of the dash board as well as a metal plate. You would probably also have to remove the dimmer switch panel and the metal bracket just behind it if you want to see where your hand is going. Access to the flasher is through the underside. Look for a light blue plastic connector.

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Chevy Celebrity
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher in an '87 Chevy Celebrity?

First, you remove the fuse cover under the dash on the driver's side. Then read up and behind the fuse block and you will find it dangling on its' plug. You should be able to pull it around the fuse block out where you can easily remove the flasher and replace it with a new one. An additional comment -- On an 85 model, the flasher is clipped to the top of the ashtray casing, not dangling free.

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Jeep Cherokee Sport
Plymouth Sundance
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher on a 1993 Plymouth Sundance 2D hatchback?

Location of turn signal flasher1993 Plymouth Sundance 2 door hatchback:

The large panel under the steering wheel column, needs to be removed to access the turn signal flasher. There are about 6 Philips head screws that secure this panel. Once screws have been removed, the panel will pull out easily, rest it on the floor. The flasher relay is located up to the right of where the panel has been removed. It is not mounted onto a block, the flasher and its receptacle dangle from 2 wires. So, it may be tucked in behind the climate control panel. My vehicle had it dangling in plain sight, but if not the case for you, a flash light may come in handy. The part, which I assume is original, is silver (aluminum), and cylindrical.

The turn signal flasher, and hazard flasher, are identical parts (2 separate identical parts) which is contrary to the online auto parts catalogs I have checked. The hazard flasher is located, as stated in the owner's manual, below the fuse panel, just look from the floor board upward.

The part is a "552" flasher.

On my 1992 it is located behind the glove box,... LOL IDK why!

But I had to replace it and it was a little too difficult for a common job.

Edited by Russell G.

Also try right behind the climate control part, the plastic around the radio just pops out, pop it out & look right behind there at the top (that's where mine was), it was very easy to get to & to change.

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Starters and Ignition Systems
Dodge Avenger
VW Vanagon

How do you remove the starter on a 2000 Dodge Avenger?

Well I have a 99 dodge Avenger ES and I've put 3 trannys in it already, so this one should be easy. If your set-up is the same you should have a crossmember that mounts with two bolts in the front and one in back. there is a motor mount connected to it. take all this off. then you can pretty easily access your starter which is located beside your oil pan at the rear of the motor on the front side of the car. there are 4/5 bolts you have to remove. I belive there are two you have two remove from the backside and three from the front side. I hope i could help you out its hard to walk someone through it but once you do it, you'll be able to do it with your eyes closed. I just changed the starter on my wife's avenger. It's not too difficult, but it takes some time, especially for a shade tree mechanic. You must get the vehicle high enough to use a creeper because you have to move around alot under the car. In my case I thought for sure it was a starter solenoid gone bad but that was not the case, so make sure that the starter is the problem. Disconnect battery, remove oil filter, disconnect exhaust at the header, front and rear, remove heat shield, disconnect cable from starter. The starter bolts up at three points through the flywheel case in a semicircular pattern, the bolts are 15mm. One of the bolts is in recessed area and is difficult to reach, a ratchet and socket won't fit, either a small breakover or offset wrench is required. Good luck.

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Jeep Cherokee Sport
VW New Beetle
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher on a 2001 VW Beetle 1.8 turbo?

I just paid my VW dealer $469 for the 40k service ... they wanted an additional $315 to "fix" the "electrical problem" with my turn indicator lights. I said "screw that!" So the bastids gave my car back without an inspection sticker.

I looked everywhere for the flasher unit (some months ago) whenever the turn indicators ceased working properly (intermittent) ... then again before I took it in to the dealer ... but to no avail. I figured it might be well hidden up underneath the dash in some totally inaccessible location ... or buried beneath all that plastic shrouding underneath the hood ... but I couldn't see anything that looked remotely like a flasher unit.

So, remembering that it would "flash" once about every 20 times turn signal lever was flipped, I determined to find it. I parked in my quiet driveway and lay down with my ear near the dash and flipped the turn indicator lever until I got a single weak "click." It appeared to be coming from the "emergency flasher" switch ... you know, the one in the lower switch panel (flanked by the rheostats for the heated seats) with a triangular icon. That's it! The emergency flaser switch IS the turn flasher relay, too! Getting access isn't easy.

You need one of those fancy-smancy star-shaped screwdrivers (and a stubby, at that) to remove the 4 screws ... two at the bottom of the plastic housing in which the switches are mounted, and two more are revealed whenever you pry off the plastic trim that surrounds the rheostats at each end of the switch panel (yep, they just pry right off with your fingers ... pull TOWARD you). Once you have the 4 retaining screws extracted, you can pry the whole switch panel downward at the back, and free up a lip on the upper front edge, dropping the whole thing downward so you can access the wiring harnesses and back-sides of the switches. Pry off the wiring connector from the back of the unit (there's a plastic keeper, but just wiggle the plug & pull sternly and it'll come right off without breaking anything). Then push down on a retainer at the top front of the switch unit and shove it forward and slide it out of the switch panel.

This is the cheapest crappiest constructed switch I have ever seen on a German engineered automobile (maybe it's made in Mexico?). The trouble with mine was the burnt-up contact points of the relay. You have to remove the activator button (the iconized cap) off the front of the switch in order to get the case off (it slides right off if you pry up the edges with a knife tip to free the latches) to get inside for surgery. Doing some micro-surgery to clean the single relay contacts and bend them (with a very fine needle nosed pliers) slightly so that they once again touched when the coil was activated, solved my problem.

Wow! Charging $117 for this cheap piece of crap ought to be felonious!

I forgot to mention ... I checked several different parts houses for a flasher for my 2001 Beetle (AutoZone, NAPA, O'Reilly] ... but they didn't even have a listing for one in their systems. One said his only entry was "dealer item."

Here is the exact numbers from the side panel on mine:

[VW logo] PNT Germany ICO 953 235 WBS + D1 PA6.6 GF30 [a symbol looking like a musical note]

Hey ... hey ... hey ... found a VW Hazard Flasher Switch here for $22:

http://www2.discountvdubparts.com/parts/parts1/discountvdubparts/wizard.jsp?year=2001&make=VW&model=BET--004&category=P∂=Hazard+Flasher+Switch&dp=false

, THANK YOU, THEY Wanted to charg me about $250 and they say it was some electrical problem, i replaced the part myself for $30 thank you again.

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Spark Plugs and Wires
VW Vanagon
Honda Civic LX
Mitsubishi Trucks

What is the plug gap on an 88 mighty max 20 engine?

the gap is as follows; US .39 to .43 inch Canada .28 to .31 inch plug is a NGK BPR5ES-11, BP5ES-11 On Autolite Platinum - 63 plugs the gap is .44

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Starters and Ignition Systems
Toyota Camry
Toyota Previa
VW Vanagon

How do you remove the starter?

First disconnect the battery cables before attempting this. There are two cables that must be disconnected from the starter (one unpugs from the solenoid and the other is the large cable with a nut securing it to the starter). There are three bolts that must be removed. All must be reached from under the vehicle (two of them are fairly difficult but I found puting a bunch of extensions together making one long bendible 3 foot extension helps). You must open the engine cover (located under the drivers seat) and remove the nut secured to the grounding post. If you have all wheel drive, remove the two bolts holding the center support bearing (I think they take a 17mm socket) and loosen the center support bracket that holds the center support. The driveshaft will now move out of the way of the starter.

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Nissan Frontier
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher on a 93 Nissan Sentra?

In the center dash console, beneath the middle A/C Vents, besides the Rear Window Defogger and above the A/C Control Panel.

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Buick Regal
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher on a 1991 Buick Regal?

I just did my Mom's 1991 Buick regal 3.8L. I removed the kick panel underneath the dash above the brake pedal. Follow the brake pedal arm up on the right side of the pedal. I used a mirror to spot the flasher unit. The flasher unit is held by a spring clip with the top of the unit pointing down. Just pull the flasher out of the clip and pull it down.

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Spark Plugs and Wires
VW Vanagon
Ford F-250
Honda Civic LX

What is the plug gap for a 1988 Ford F-250?

0.044 inch, got it from the Haynes manual

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Starters and Ignition Systems
Chevy Cavalier
VW Vanagon

How do you remove-replace a 1989 Vanagon ignition switch?

Here is a link to an illustrated step-by-step procedure for replacting a Vanagon ignition switch: http://carboncow.net/vanagon/projects/ignition_switch.htm

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Jeep Cherokee Sport
VW Vanagon
Ford Crown Victoria
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher on a 1995 Crown Victoria?

ANSWER: Around that year FORD was stupid, doing odd things. The flasher is on the inside fuse panel or if your un-lucky. It is soldered in a circuit board to the right of the steering column. There is 2 plastic rectangle boxes framed together. Looks like a computers hard-drive rack almost. And for the worst part now. YOU HAVE TO REPLACE THE BOARD! It's Expensive nowadays (NEW) if you can find it.One more reason NOT to buy F-O-R-D.
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GMC Sonoma
Jeep Cherokee Sport
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher on a 1997 GMC Sonoma?

The question is for a 1997 sonoma however the answer refers to a 1994 sonoma, and after trying this on my 1997 sonoma with no luck I found the answer under "Where is the flasher unit on a 1997 Chevy S10?" which is exactly where I found the flasher units for my 1997 sonoma and it was indeed the right flasher unit which was for the signal.

AnswerI have a 94 Sonoma and to locate the turn signal flasher, inside, under dash, on left side is a plastic sound protector, mine had 3 screws holding it up, drop this down and straight in you will see a 1" round thing - this is the flasher, pull it out and replace with new one (there are two flat prongs that plug in). It appears this is a well guarded secret!
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Chevy Camaro
Pontiac Fiero
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the flasher for a 1984 fiero turn signal located?

"The turn signal flasher is located on the left steering column bracket under the instrument panel, next to the main fuse panel."

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Cars & Vehicles
Chevy Caprice Classic
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher relay located on my 1992 Jaguar XJS Convertable?

It is located, front seating area, driver side, under dash, mounted above kick panel.

It is located, front seating area, driver side, under dash, mounted above kick panel.

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Asian Cars
Chevy Camaro
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher located on a 1999 sienna?

The flasher on a 99 Toyota Sienna should be beside the instrument panel fuses under the steering column. You will probably have to remove the driver's side knee bolster to get at it, which is kind of a pain.

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Chevy Corvette
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher located on a 1974 Chevy Corvette?

I believe it's located behind the passengers side dash panel.

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Starters and Ignition Systems
Chevy Cavalier
Saturn L-Series
VW Vanagon

How do you remove and replace the ignition switch in a 2000 Saturn LS?

Not all 2000 saturns have been recalled or so Im told I have a 2000 Saturn ls2 that ignition just stopped suddenlly one day turned over and nothing (good thing I have remote start)but when trying to get it fixed with recall they said there were very few affected by recall;;;let me know if you come up with ANY solutions,,thanks

Dont replace it!!! Take it to Saturn - ITS FREE - WAS RECALLED, goto the dealer and I am almost sure they will do it free of charge.

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Ford Thunderbird
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the turn signal flasher on a 1997 Ford Thunderbird?

Access indicator flasher under instrument panel left of steering column. Remove screw retaining indicator flasher to instrument panel. Disconnect connector from indicator flasher and remove indicator flasher from vehical.

I am also trying to find flasher on 1997 t bird. I hear it but cant find it- Help please

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Jeep Cherokee Sport
VW Vanagon
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Where is the turn signal flasher on a '95 Cavalier?

Under the dash to the left of the steering column.

on the brake pedal braket, lay on your seat upside down. feet on head rest. head on brake pedal. there is a small plastic cover about 6 inches from your face, remove it. look up about a foot. you'll see a small green box. that is your turn flasher relay. hope you are very flexable.

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