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long drive tips

Discussion in ''How To' & 'Handy Hints'' started by donkeysliketacos, Nov 15, 2021.

  1. donkeysliketacos

    donkeysliketacos New Member

    hey guys new here just wondering if the kombi overheats much on long drives because its air-cooled? or any tips about long drives or driving in the warmer wether ? thanks in advance guys
  2. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

    sunshine coast
    If it overheats it's not set up right so sort all that before you go.
    Tinware, engine seals, timing, fuel mixtures.
    Clean engine and gearbox helps dissipate heat.

    My opinion is a head temp gauge or oil temp gauge is essential . Especially if unfamiliar with these engines and have difficulty judging temps on one.
    Temps will vary slightly under different conditions but a temp gauge will show something abnormal.
    Temps tend to rise up to 5- 10 C on big hills, headwinds, days approaching 40C.
    But should drop rapidly after a hill or back off speed with headwinds and real hot days.
    Often 10 km/ hr is sufficient.
    Base temps CDO vary with engines but the ideal ballpark is 90-95C on mid 20c days @ 90-100 on/hr.
    Find where yours sits.
    Avoid temps over 115c if possible.
    130Cis do something serious to get temp down immediately.

    An infra red spot temp gauge is cheap on eBay and you can take temps off sump plate and oil filter.
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  3. Squidy

    Squidy Well-Known Member

    As Col said, make sure your bus is set up properly! I regularly drive my buses longish 4-5 hrs then do weddings , up to 3 hrs then drive back . If your bus is set up properly, shouldn’t be an issue, common sense also, don’t flog your kombi, know it’s limits, if it’s hot take a break. Plan your route. Guess it just depends on what your doing with the vehicle, is it heavily loaded. Lots of variants but a well sorted kombi and common sense shouldn’t have too many issues. External oil cooling may also be an option
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  4. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

    Seven hills
    As mentioned above, if the kombi is set up correctly ,you shouldn't have any issues.
    Drive to suit your kombi and the condition in which you are driving.
    On a larger type 1 motor I've added extra cooler with fan. and as mentioned above oil temp and oil pressure gauge.
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  5. Wattie

    Wattie Well-Known Member

    Mildura. Victoria. Australia.
    The kombi guru's have spoken, read it, analyze it, do it, your kombi will then become your best friend. :)
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  6. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

    Avalon Beach NSW
    Agree with all the above posts….;)
    Don’t forget that kombis are both air and oil cooled, it’s a symbiotic relationship.
    This means that both your engine and cooling system elements rely on being in the best possible condition to ensure longevity….
    I was told many years ago that the speedo and temperature needles should never be heading in the same direction (up) at the same time for too long. If the temp. needle is going up, lift your foot off the accelerator (drop the speed and in turn the load on the engine)….the temp. will then drop too….
    Many factors to consider. All components should be matched to the engine…..whatever you’re running.
    Get it set up properly and then if you service and maintain it regularly…..you won’t have too many issues.
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  7. donkeysliketacos

    donkeysliketacos New Member

    Thanks for all the tips guys
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  8. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

    Melbourne Bend of Islands
    And stay awake!
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