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1987 VW Vanagon automatic

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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>

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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.

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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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