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  • Audrey Jones
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    HAHAHA Pat… True!!

    Ok! As long as my trying isn’t going to fuck up other stuff then I’m ready to try!! Plus… I might be able to see Zack today who is more experienced then me if I did need some help…

    Andym
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    Don’t be scared! Dig in!! First take the Honda to AutoZone or Napa and get a thermostat for a 2000 Subaru Legacy with a 2.5 engine. Get the thermostat and the o ring. Maybe $10 bucks for both.

    Go home, get a drain bucket that fits under the back of the Van. Looking at the motor, bottom right side of the engine you’ll see where that radiator hose connects. Have your dude undo it so they can get coolant all over them self’s. I think that hose clamp is a flat screw driver. Then you’ll see 2 10mm bolts, remove them. You’ll see the thermostat I cut inside, remove it, replace it with the new one, reassemble.

    Get a funnel, dump all the cooanlt back into that inline filler(top right of the engine with the radiator hose connected to it).

    Now remember what you spilled and what didn’t make it back into the system needs to go back in the bus.

    Go upfront, and remove the front top grill. You’ll see the radiator has a 10mm or 13mm bolt in the top left side, remove that, and pour coolant into that hole until no more goes in. Its a slow process, kinda takes some fucking with, but it will go in. Reinstall.

    once you think it’s full, Fire it up and make sure the radiator is warming up after 5 or so minutes. Don’t go drive it until you can tell the whole cooking system has been warm.

    Watch for the dummy light on the dash!!!

    It sounds complicated, but you can do it.

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    John Jones
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    I think you might be hearing from her this morning… She was face timing me a few minutes ago….  She had to go get a 10mm… 😎

    Andym
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    John you better be dam proud of your girl!!! She’s kicking ass, giving me text updates.  She’s swapped it all out, her self!!! Paid nobody!!

    You need to buy her a set of tools JJ!! Some wrenches!

     

    Im honestly super happy and proud of her!

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    cookiemonster131
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    Awesome!

    Audrey Jones
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    Couldn’t have done it without all the help!! FaceTimed my Dad this morning to find the location of the thermostat, Franz gave me some good tips on the phone, and Andy has been helping me via text all day!

    Currently waiting a bit for things to cool back down so I can add more coolant/water back in… but Andy thinks I did it all right, so that’s good news!!! I am pretty proud I did it by myself and didn’t pay anyone.. now hopefully it worked!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻

    Landon caught a pic of me while unscrewing those damn bolts… 😅

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    BBWB
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    Awesome. Nice work Audrey!

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    Andym
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    Audrey!!! I can text you this but I want everyone to know, your a badass!!! Super glad you did the work!! Now you got a heater!!! I know it wasn’t easy for your first time, it wasn’t quick, but you did it.

    Be proud of yourself!! I bet JJ has a smile on his face knowing his girl can work on her own van..

    Nice warm heaters!

     

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    John Jones
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    Thats MY girl!!!!  😎   Proud of you babe!!!  But I was proud of you long before yesterday!!!! 😎  I’m excited that you have heat!!! Funny how heat is such a high value thing in a VW… 😎   I’m proud of you for handling it, and doing it right there in the parking lot… 😎   Can’t wait to see you this weekend.. 😎

    Audrey Jones
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    Thanks Andy!! 😎 We are so close to having it all done!! I’m so happy the heat works now!! Thank you for being my on-call advice line! 😁

    Thanks Dad!!! 😊 Yes, I thought I could keep toughening it out, but I am very excited to have heat – and it works really well too!! Can’t wait to see you this weekend!!!

    The radiator finally started to get warm on the third or fourth time trying last night, and just as it did I ran out of gas from having it running so much yesterday! Damn it! Got some gas late last night, now I’m gonna head back out there in a little while to add more water/coolant to the front to see if we can get this last bubble out and get her warmed all the way up!!

    Pat K
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    Feels good to know you can fix your own stuff. More freedom. Nice work!!!!!

    We will build it if it comes.

    alykat
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    Excellent work Audrey !canstock10671367

    Audrey Jones
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    Thanks guys!!

    Yeah, it does feel good Pat!! Nothing like feeling confident to drive your van where ever you need to go! 😁 thank goodness for the KCW website and family!!

    got it all warmed up this morning, so she is good to go!!! Wahoo!! About to take her out on a longer drive to really feel the heat! 😎

    C.Hamburg
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    Funny how heat is such a high value thing in a VW… 😎

    I’d rather have cold A/C. All my Dubs have deleted heat. lol

    Corporate
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    I love going on adventures in our bus!!!

    Andym
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    Awesomeness!!!

    So here’s a little of what’s gonna happen when you drive it.

    the heater is going to get hot, then all of a sudden feel cold. Reason is because the thermostat opened up and mixed the hot water with the cold water then closes again.

    The thermostat is like a gate, it holds all the warm water on one side. (170 degrees). That’s it’s job and it’s working correctly.

    So on short drives you’ll notice it being one or the other. I bet from your place back to KCW, it will end up being nice a toasty. By then all of the water in the cooling system has been on both sides of the thermostat/gate.

    Both your heaters use the same supply line of warm water, so if you wanna defrost the windshield or your toes, just run the front one. Once your semi comfortable, turn the back one on to warm up the van.

     

    also a random fact!!! If your out driving and notice the red light on the dash blinking turn both heaters on full blast! You can do this anytime, winter, summer, uphill or down hill. I doubt you’ll have any heat related issues. I just figured I’d let you know.

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    John Jones
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    😎  Thanks Andy…

    Audrey Jones
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    Awesome! Yes, thank you! all good things to know!!

    Last night I did notice the cycling of the hot and cold, but by the end of the drive it was pretty much hot the whole time! I could even feel some heat coming out the front vents when I only had the back heater on, which was nice 😁

    We took it about a 30 minute drive away and back, and on the way back the airplane fan was on almost the entire time… the light never came on and it was running great, but I am guessing that means there is still more coolant to add? As suspected…

    Willy
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    Audrey you’re on your way to becoming the KCW Vanagon master

     

    Happy belated birthday by the way 😬

    Andym
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    Yeah possible it might, just check the tank behind the plate, it will suck more in. Just keep driving it. No light, keep going!

    Here’s what I’m thinking, the light is hooked to  a sensor in the motor, on the “heater side” of the thermostat, so it’s getting a reading that the coolant is hot/time to turn the fans on. But the water on the radiator side of the thermostat isn’t hot.  The stock vanagon had its temp sensors in the radiator, maybe we gotta move one upthere??

    Im not gonna worry too much about that, it’s good to keep tabs on it. If we need to address that issue down the road we can.

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