ENGINE | ELECTRICS | SAFETY

In this section, we'll show you how an air cooled engine works, how to diagnose and fix some of the more common engine faults that you may experience from time to time, and how to change various parts in the engine bay area.

HOW AN ENGINE WORKS

It's a satisfying experience jumping into your camper van, firing up the ignition and hear that unmistakable VW growl, but do you know how an air cooled engine actually works? Paul explains the basics...

POWER LOSS DIAGNOSIS

There may be occasions when your bus just isn't giving you the 'oomph' that you need, flying up those hills becomes a struggle and you feel like every other vehicle on the road is flashing past you. In this video we'll show you how to locate where this power loss could be coming from...

LOCATING A MIS-FIRE

Your engine misfires. It's a sensation you immediately recognise, but you ignore it in the hope that it was just your imagination. Then it happens again, and you know that something is wrong. You also get that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach that says "this is going to cost me!"

In fact, engine misfires can be caused by a number of faults, not all of them 'budget-breakers'. Here we show you how to locate some of the usual suspects...

HOW TO CHECK TAPPETS

Tappet noise can be loud and irritating but can also cause problems with the performance of the engine, damaging the camshafts. It is often caused by missed oil and filter changes or the incorrect grade of oil in the engine. The cure depends on how much damage has been done, but an oil and filter change that uses the correct oil is a good starting point. In this video, Paul shows you how to check the tappets for potential damage...

CHANGING AN ALTERNATOR BELT

The alternator produces the electrical current necessary to power the engine and charge your battery, but its ability to produce electricity can be greatly reduced by a worn out belt. Chances are, you'll have to replace the belt at some point in the lifetime of your bus. Here we show you how it's done with just a few common tools...

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