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Re: 1993 Eurovan coolant leak
From volkswagen would be the easiest. Shouldn't cost much. They will mail it to you you do not even have to go to the dealer. Just call any dealer and ask to speak to the parts department, nearly everyone now will allow you to this over the phone. Hope this helps, if not I can offer you several ways to get it.
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It sounds like your thermostat is not opening. You can take the hose off which contains the thermo and remove the thermo. Now there should be nothing keeping the coolant from circulating except the radiator which may be pluged.
You now will not get heat but this will get you to the garage. Let me know it this does not work,
Loosen the plastic petcock valve at the bottom of the radiator to drain the coolant from the radiator, loose and remove both hose clamps slide them down away from the clamping area then take a pair of large channel lock pliers and sqeeze gently and turn the rubber hose to crack the bond that exists between the rubber hose and the metal tube, be sure not to squeeze too tight when getting the hose to turn, proceed to pull the hose off. Install the new hose with clamps slide the clamps over the hose ends and tighten them being sure to locate them 1/4" from the end of the hose, refill radiator and check for leaks.
With a 1993 it is likely a hose that is leaking. You need to start the engine after filling up the radiator (through the cap that says never open when hot) Bring the car up to operating temperature and find the source of the leak. Hoses are easy to replace they cannot be repaired. remove the clamp on both ends of the leaking hose and pull the hose off. replace with the clamps loose and tighten them down refill the radiator and you're good to go. In the off chance it's not a hose you'll have to take the car into a shop to have it fixed.
just fill from the coolant reservoir; the radiator itself doesn't actually have a cap, so the pressure release valve is on the cap to the coolant reservoir. Make sure to tighten it well, though, because the cap is plastic and known to leak a little fluid if not tightened all the way.
You've lost engine coolant somewhere, and need to fill the engine back up with the VW special G12 coolant.
Then find the leak, which will be in one or more of the following places - Water hoses to heater core, including any other coolant carrying hoses in the engine compartment Radiator hoses Plastic manifold bolted to side of engine which is known to leak (have replaced on an '01 VW Beetle, and an '02 Jetta, both members of our family in the past few years.). Overflow reservoir cracked Radiator leak.
Reply back what you find. If the engine got too hot, you may need to have the thermostat replaced.
Regarding your radiator leak, some can be fixed but plastic radiators usually get replaced. A 1993 probably would need a fan switch by now if it was never replaced especially if it's the fan switch that is screwed into the radiator and is exposed to coolant. Again, a car this old would probably need a new water pump too but screwing up the valves is definitely his fault and should pay for all repairs. I'd have someone else do the repairs like the car dealer and charge him for it! Take it to small claims court if necessary. Lastly, if you signed an invoice to just have the radiator fixed and nothing else, your case is strong. If you signed an agreement giving him permission to do "whatever needed in his best judgement", well, your case weakens a bit in regard to having all the other parts replaced but he's still a fool for bending your valves. Sorry to hear of your encounter with this. Please post the name of this shop for the rest of us will know to stay away from it.