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I'm new to driving something with a radiator.

For the past twenty years, I have owned a 1970 Karmann Ghia, a 1965 Beetle, a 1965 Bus, and a 1959 VW Single Cab pickup. The Ghia got traded for the Bug; the Bus quit shifting and I haven't had time or money to fix it; the truck got sold, and the Bug got munched. So here I am, hoping you guys are as helpful as the vintage German crowd. Some terminology is going to right over my otherwise intelligent head, but I hope you'll point me to where I can figure out (1) why, now that I'm driving something that has a heater, does the heater only blow cold air; (2) what can I do about the ABS light that won't turn off, other than pump my brakes in slippery conditions like I've always done; and (3) does anyone here live in Utah and want some custom rims? The previous owner included the original rims in the purchase, and I really don't need custom chrome wheels.
 


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Helloooooooooo!

Year of your RBV?
 

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I assume "RBV" is my ride? The truck I'm in is a '93 XL. Literally, the latest model vehicle I have ever owned. 3.0 L V6, according to this site's VIN decoder. 5-speed manual.
 

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RBV = Ranger based vehicle, so Ranger, Mazda B series, Bronco 2, and to a lesser extent, explorer.

All of your problems are because you have a 3.0. Remove said engine, put it in a dumpster and then set the dumpster on fire. Replace said dumpster fire engine with a cool, smooth running, euro performance bred 2.9.

Listen to those ponies run. They're European ponies. Which means they run faster. And their women are more attractive.








Just messing with you, best bet is to start individual help threads in their appropriate sections. You'll get some experts weighing in on the problem in short order.

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RBV = Ranger based vehicle, so Ranger, Mazda B series, Bronco 2, and to a lesser extent, explorer.
Aha, "based vehicle." Gracias. I figured the R was Ranger, but the rest had me stumped. And I had no idea the Mazda B Series was Ranger based (not surprised, I guess, just hadn't considered).

You sound like my VW mechanic:
Me: "Can I help?"
Doc: "You got a gun?"
Me: "Ha ha, no, really. What should I do with it?"
Doc: "I know a cliff..."

We like Doc. :)

Since engine removal is, at present, out of my budget and WAAAAAAAAY out of my skill set, I'll take your other suggestion. Vielen dank :)
 

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Gump is gonna love you...
 

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Now I'm skeered...

*shakes to demonstrate fear*
 

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Now I just hope I can measure up. :cool:
 

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Welcome !

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As to your heat question :

1. Most likely, and simplest is a bad thermostat . Does the engine actually reach proper operating temperature ? Verify by feeling the hoses and radiator, or go high tech with a cheap infrared temp gun from amazon .

2. If the engine does reach proper temp , is hot water actually circulating thru the heater hoses ? ( By feel , or by temp gun ). If not , then either a stuck valve, or problem with the controls .

3. If hot water is circulating , then the problem is a bad/ probably clogged heater core .
 

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Welcome to TRS Volkshook… with your sense of humor... you stand a decent chance of survival with the antifreeze loving crowd.

Bigfoot44 offered up some good advice. I would also add that the cooling system just has to be full... being the heater core is the highest part of the cooling system... if it's low... you get no heat.

If you're still having issues after some basic checks... post up your questions in the appropriate forum and there are many knowledgeable folks that are usually willing to help you out.
 

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Thanks, all. Busy day, busy week. But I guess the first thing I gotta do is familiarize myself with the landscape under the hood of something radiated and not German. I can probably identify hoses, but I have no idea what the thermostat or heater core look like or where to look for them; and I don't know what the right temperature is (can probably look that up, huh?). Oh, this is going to be an education.
 

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Thanks, all. Busy day, busy week. But I guess the first thing I gotta do is familiarize myself with the landscape under the hood of something radiated and not German. I can probably identify hoses, but I have no idea what the thermostat or heater core look like or where to look for them; and I don't know what the right temperature is (can probably look that up, huh?). Oh, this is going to be an education.
Oh yeah. If you're coming from the air cooled world, this is going to be a whole new level of "what the crap..."

But hey, you have a heater now! 😂
 

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Ya know Volks… I might suggest just diving into a basic cooling system overview. Do just a bit of reading before you even pop the hood to look at your underhood landscape.

I just took a quick look at this and it seams to have the major cooling system players covered. Your new to you cooling system will function pretty much exactly as described in the following. Read what it has to say... then pop your hood and find all the players you just read about.


One thing I feel compelled to tell you about is for you to use caution when servicing a water cooled system.

The cooling system when operating properly will be under pressure. Typically between 10 to 16 psi. This is done to raise the boiling point of the liquid (3 degrees per psi).

Now we know that the coolant in the system can be north of the boiling point of water. This leaves no room for mistakes on your part... be careful out there.

Cooling system repairs were a lot less messy in the air cooled world... you repair a water cooled system... you will have the coolant everywhere. Now with coolant and drain pans with coolant around... if you have pets and love them... clean up after your mess and keep your pets safe. They seem to love it... even though they will die a slow miserable death if they get into it.
 


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