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I need to find and remove the thermostat on a 1985 vw cabriolet

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Right side of engine on the side above gearbox and make sure you have the right one with two seats on it

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How do I confirm that my oil light is not functioning when it's confirmed that the oil pressure is good?

REmove the wire from the sender unit and earth on the engine next to it. If the light dosen't come then it is probably blown or you have a fuse problem in that circuit

Jan 29, 2013 | 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet

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1985 vw cabriolet there is oil in the coolant resivior and in there none in the motor is there a valve that is not working or is the head warped

Not uncoomon. If you look where the oil filter is in the front of the motor by the radiator. Where the oil filter screws onto is the oil cooler and has coolant passing around it in a jacket. The oil pressure is greater than that of the cooling system pressure. Replace that cooler and flush the cooling system. This should cure it.



  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the thermostat to drain the cooling system.
  3. Remove the oil filter.
  4. Disconnect the hoses from the cooler.
  5. Remove the nut holding the cooler to the oil filter base and remove the cooler.

To install:
  1. Position the oil cooler, then connect the coolant hoses. Tighten the nut to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  2. Install the oil filter and the thermostat.
  3. Fill the cooling system and connect the negative battery cable. Start the engine, allow it to warm up check for coolant leaks.
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May 06, 2011 | 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet

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Need to know how to remove the gas tank on a 85 vw cabriolet

metal tank on older vehicles ,remove the neck then two staps hold it up i think on this model

Dec 19, 2010 | 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet

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I have a 1985 vw cabriolet it won't start changed the starter and alternator and battery what am I missing?

Could be the ignition switch. They often go bad. It's mounted in the lock cylinder housing mounted to the column.

Mar 06, 2010 | 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet

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I have 1988 vw Cabriolet I just bought. Timing

Check the fuel pump, it may not be functioning.

Oct 30, 2009 | 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet

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The light which enable you to see your odometer at

If the other dash lights are ok, you need to remove the instrument cluster and replace the bulbs on the back side of cluster....

Jul 17, 2009 | 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet

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1985 VW Cabriolet

Possibly a clogged catalytic converter. Even if it is clogged it can be irratic. I had a muffler shop check it by cutting a hole before it with a torch, changed it out and i was good to go.

Jul 11, 2008 | 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet

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