[Vwdiesel] why does diesel residue cover my vanagon tailgate?

maded maded at gte.net
Sun Apr 21 17:31:40 EDT 2002

This is very common, it appears, from the number of anguished posts on this
list.  It seems to be the result of oil leaks; either blow-by out the
filler/dipstick or just plain drippage from somewhere.  The "burble" of
turbulent air behind the vanagon ensures it will fly up and stick on the
hatch instead of flying back to that SUV right on your tail where the oil
should go.

Ed Lowe, Seattle
82 Westy diesel upgrading to 1.9td
85 Golf diesel
92 Cabrio
97 Passat Tdi

>From: jon.sykes at ps.ge.com
>To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com, vanagon at yahoogroups.com,
Vanagon-Westfalia at yahoogroups.com, vanagon at GERRY.VANAGON.COM,
limbolist at yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [Vwdiesel] why does diesel residue cover my vanagon tailgate?
>Date: Sun, Apr 21, 2002, 16:05

>I did a 200 mile run in my '82 diesel vanagon the other day.  Severe
>headwind one way, awesome tailwind coming back.  The rear of the vehicle is
>covered in this blotchy, oily, diesel residue that will smudge but won't
>really wipe off.  I was wondering what might be the cause of this (van
>running rich, mechanical problem?) and whether I should worry about it.
>Thanks in advance!
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