I have a problem with my Westie. When I press on the gaz I have little power. The most I can go is 80kms/hr and the start up is very slow. This is a new problem that has just started. I am thinking it may be my carburator, but wondering if anyone else has had this problem.
Also, I live in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area and I am looking for a garage to look at my Westie. Does anyone know of one who would look at a 20 year old vehicle>
Look for a vaccum leak, the many vaccum hoses on a Vanagon motor are mostly covered with cloth, if you pull off the hose and look at the end, you may find a crack in the rubber. This leads to air leaks and can cause the timing not to advance properly when you give it gas.
You should also check for fuel leaks, as the old rubber fuel lines can fail and lead to an engine fire. Very common, and if your fuel lines have not be replaced, do it now!
Lots of good information of vanagon.com web-site.
Also, be sure to check to see that your air filter is clean and all the connections around the filter and to your Air Flow Meter are secure. Both electrical and air.
I would start by looking at the rotor arm in the distributor, If it is fitted with a restricted rev rotor arm, (this rotor arm has a spring in it) replace it with a normal or standard rotor arm, I had trouble with the power on my camper and this gave me alot better performance. does your vehicle tick over lumpy or irratically as if it does then you may be on the right track with thinking it could be a fuel delivery problem.
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missing would show itself at low engine speeds.bad starting.or heavy load (going up steep hills)a miss at high speed would not be felt (normally)without other symptoms(lack of power etc)have you tried using higher octane fuel......mazda rec 92+ octane...
A common problem can be the wires to the O2 sensor, and check the connections to the Air Flow Meter. Vanagons are also prone to something called Vanagon Syndrom, which is realted to faulty ground connections. So, check ALL the chassy grounds, by the starter, transmission, battery etc. Disconnect, wire-brush apply di-electric grease and reconnect. Lastly, many of the sensors which feed signals to the ECU could have bad connections, or wires which have breaks or cracks that could lead to corrosion inside the wire increasing resistance. Oh, one more thought, the vaccum lines on Vanagon are covered with cloth and if you pull them off, you can sometimes see cracks in the rubber. The vaccum leaks can also contribute to the problem. Now I would be remiss to not warn you about changing the fuel lines on your nearly 25 year old van. The rubber on these lines have been known to breakdown and leak, leading to engine fires. There is a great web-site called vanagon.com that has all sorts of great informaion on these wonderful vans. I've owned my 84 Vanagon Westy for 23 years. Hope you find this helpful!
These vans are now very old, and the gas lines need to be replaced!!! I can't warn you enough, if you smell gas, change the lines. There have been many vanagon fires due to fuel line failure. Replacment kits can be found on-line, it isn't hard to do. The other issues can be related to the fuel tank itself, the seals on top go bad and need to be replace. You know if you have this problem when you fill it to the top and gas leaks.
But, if you haven't changed your fuel lines... do it right away.
Also, go to vanagon.com and look up fuel line and fire... you will see lots of posts!
I've owned my 84 Westy since 87 and changed the lines 5 years ago, many were cracked and leaking. I count my blessings that I didn't have a fire.
There is normally no way you can turn it on or off. It is automatically managed by the coputer and it will normally tell you when the engine is running on a lean mode or not.
Try to test the car on a straight flat road @ 80Kms/hr with very constant slight acceleration and see whether the light comes on. If not then you might have the light bulb on the dash blown.
The fuse is not the problem... it is likely a poor spade electrical connector by the back of the head lights, and a poor chassey ground near the head lights, also by the starter and the transmission. Be sure ALL the chassey grounds are wire brushed and cleaned... remove the bolts holding on the ground straps, wire brush then replace.