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Albert the 1976 microbus

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by TeeBee, May 7, 2019.

  1. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Will do!

    Ha ha! Thankfully they're not my next door neighbour! But I do have to drive past there quite often... o_O
     
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  2. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Only one... actually two, problems... :confused:
    The indicators no longer work and neither does the fuel gauge. :(
     
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  3. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    To the first one.....a sharp rap to the underside of the fuse box on the drivers side should encourage that. Have the blinker on when you do this;).
    fuel gauge be the harder one. My journey->
    https://forums.kombiclub.com/threads/76-sopru-old-boy.56558/page-6
    Cheers
     
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  4. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Ok! I'll give it a go - thanks!
    I will have a read of your journey...
     
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  5. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Hi TeeBee,
    Just to mention how Albert sounds different.....that's 'cos he's done the tappets:). (Yeah ...carbs have helped but:rolleyes:). Remember that sound as it will tell you when they need doing next (when the sound is different!). It's all about the dak dak;)!
    Cheers
     
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  6. tintop

    tintop Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tee Bee, while you are at the fuse box check that none of them are burnt through...you can also give them all a bit of a twist back and forth to clean up the contacts. underneath and behind the fuse box you'll see two relays...give them a wiggle as well. Patrick
     
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  7. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    Hey TeeBee. :)
    Just caught up on your thread and Albert is a cool bus! Well done on all you’ve accomplished so far. Dealing with mechanics can be a daunting task, particularly when (speaking for myself) you have little mechanical knowledge.

    I can’t contribute to many ‘how to’ threads but I sure do read a lot of them. :D
    One thing is for certain, there are some very knowledgeable and generous KC members.

    Good luck with it all.
    Chrissy.
     
  8. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Ah, thanks for that! It was definitely more of a slow "clack clack" before, now it's a faster "dak dak". :) My mechanic also said the bolts on the manifold were coming loose. I can imagine that would also cause some unwanted noise.
     
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  9. TeeBee

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    Thanks for that. :) So... it will be really obvious if it's burnt through? The copper bit will be black? (excuse my ignorance!)
     
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  10. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Ninga! I don't have much mechanical knowledge, but I'm working on it! At least my current mechanic took the time to explain stuff and point things out in the engine bay. It sure makes a difference to the first mechanic I went to. :confused:

    I'm finding out how knowledgeable and generous you kombi people are and I'm very grateful. :D
     
  11. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Yes - it will be obvious

    A blown fuse on the old ceramic fuses you can see where it is missing

    Is you have a manual you should be able to work out which one is for indicators.

    You rotate all the fuses so you can see the wire down the side. Makes it easier to see an issue
     
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  12. cbus

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    Also , just rotating the fuses in situ can help ensure a contact .
    Always worth checking if suspected.
    Most solutions are usually pretty simple so check basics first.
     
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  13. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Ok, so the fuse on the far right looked a bit suspicious. I took it into the car parts shop and they confirmed it was 'cactus'. So I bought some new fuses and replaced the cactus one. All is now well. :) The indicators are now working and so is the fuel gauge. Thanks for your help, KC people. If they weren't forecasting rain this weekend, I would have gone for a drive. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Grantus

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    Well done! :)

    No wipers? o_O
     
  15. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Leaky bus. :rolleyes:
     
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  16. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Next job :)
     
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  17. David H

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    Leaky where?
    Cheers
     
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  18. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Just give it a wash best way to guarantee it will rain if not at least you have a clean bus;). Well done on fixing you indicators .
    Also to add what was mentioned above :rolleyes: about twisting the fuses,I had one that had worn through the metal cap :eek:on top and had a bad contact:eek:,as it was half on metal and plastic, so you do have to remove them sometimes :rolleyes:if fuse looks :)ok but the item isn't still working:(.
     
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  19. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Next thing to get properly sorted.......
     
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  20. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Someone been twisting their fuses too often to wear thru the cap:oops:. Not seen that before;).
    I guess you've got some spare fuses now TeeBee so set for the future. They honestly don't use fuses so I'm interested why you dropped that one?
    Especially after a mechanic visit? Or was it cactus before the mechanic visit?
    Cheers
     
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