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Engine gasket problem

Is it true that the engine is subject to gasket problems?

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Don't use dexcool it is corrosive and evil

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VW admitted that there was a problem with the gaskets, and would pay for part of the replacement cost. This program seems to have expired, however. One thing that seems to help is a yearly coolant change, something that every water-cooled Vanagon owner should have done.

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This is a very Real problem, But its can be avoided. Turns out that the coolant that we use here in the U.S. was different then in Europe. The bus would be shipped here with factory euro coolant from the factory. We drive the bus for a few yrs and change the coolant. ( now U.S. cooant) then, the phosphates in the U.S. coolant eats and pits the aluminum heads and there ya go. To avoid problems with your water cooled vanagon. All you need to do is make sure you use Phosphate free Antifreeze. Like Dexcool. There are lots of phosphate free ones out now. Hope this helps :)

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