[Vwdiesel] Brake boost failure

James Hansen jhsg at sasktel.net
Fri Dec 19 18:25:10 PST 2008

Also has generated a flood of opportunists buying these cars, and 
importing them, then reselling them into Canada at an atractive price
There are some pretty trick vehicles like 2/3 scale Westphalia-ish AWD 
diesel camper vans, but I can't see them being for people much over 5'6" 
and 100lbs soaking wet.  Trouble is, these are mostly RH drive unless 
they are converted.
There is no way you can convince me that a RH drive 
miniminivan/truck/car with a 600cc motor is safe on a highway full of LH 
drive vehicles.  At least they aren't encumbered by having to look down 
the road to pass much, but every damn one of them I've passed drives 
50mph, and never pulls over to let traffic that has piled up behind them 
go by.

brian gochnauer wrote:
> In Japan, home of the famous Kyoto treaty to stop global warming, I've heard
> that cars are government teminated "End of Life" at 60,000 miles.
> Creating the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) for parts and engines in the
> USA, especially on ebay or llike www.jdmcars.com
> On 12/19/08, William J Toensing <toensing at wildblue.net> wrote:
>> I am following this discussion with great interest since my 1982 Quantum TD
>> has the same problem. My Quantum's vacuum pump is of a vane type & oil was
>> present when I removed the pump to look at it. Not sure whether there was an
>> O ring between the pump & the block. I would assume some oil has to be
>> present for lubrication of the rotor & vanes. Could this be a cause for a
>> lack of vacuum to the brake booster? Or could the brake booster need repair
>> (If so, how do you do it?) or replacement? I don't think when VW designed
>> these cars they expected us to be driving them for 25, 30, or more years. In
>> Europe, I understand, that a car older than 10 years old is considered old &
>> of little value. You who live in the UK & the rest of Europe, please correct
>> me if I am wrong, or elaborate on this.
>> Bill Toensing, Nevada City, CA
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