Syncro stranded

Hi all,

A happy New Year to everyone! I hope some of you are enjoying travelling to exotic places in your Syncros.

Unfortunately we've struck another spot of bother with ours. As I was heading up the Hume on Christmas Eve, on the way to a week at Wandiligong (near Bright) over Xmas/New Year, the coolant light began flashing just south of Euroa. I immediately pulled over and discovered an empty coolant reservoir and steam hissing out the back. After an interminable 3-hour wait, the RACV finally arrived and loaded her onto the back of a truck and carted her off to Euroa. Thank goodness we had signed up for RACV Total Care and straight away scored a hire car to salvage our holiday plans.

Syncro is still in storage at Euroa because we're waiting for Volkwerke to reopen in Melbourne on 11 Jan before trucking it down there, courtesy of Total Care too (otherwise $700 worth of cartage). No sign of detached hoses or other problems with the cooling system after a very brief inspection, so we're steeling ourselves for a possible head gasket repair. Ouch! Anything less would be a huge bonus!

I assume a number of you have been there and done that with Wasserboxer head gaskets, and was wondering whether you have any advice to impart in this situation, just in case. Sympathy gratefully accepted too.....

Syncerely,

Francesca.

Francesca,

I think that I can speak for all the members on the sympathy vote and we all hope that it is a simple coolant loss, not an expensive one.

Les

 


From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Francesca Coles
Sent: 02 January 2010 10:14
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded

 

 Hi all,

 

 

I assume a number of you have been there and done that with Wasserboxer head gaskets, and was wondering whether you have any advice to impart in this situation, just in case. Sympathy gratefully accepted too.....

 

Syncerely,

 

Francesca.

Don't rule out other problems.

You could be lucky and it could be something simple like a thermostat or water pump.



> Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> A happy New Year to everyone! I hope some of you are enjoying travelling
> to
> exotic places in your Syncros.
>
> Unfortunately we've struck another spot of bother with ours. As I was
> heading up the Hume on Christmas Eve, on the way to a week at
> Wandiligong
> (near Bright) over Xmas/New Year, the coolant light began flashing just
> south of Euroa. I immediately pulled over and discovered an empty
> coolant
> reservoir and steam hissing out the back. After an interminable 3-hour
> wait,
> the RACV finally arrived and loaded her onto the back of a truck and
> carted
> her off to Euroa. Thank goodness we had signed up for RACV Total Care
> and
> straight away scored a hire car to salvage our holiday plans.
>
> Syncro is still in storage at Euroa because we're waiting for Volkwerke
> to
> reopen in Melbourne on 11 Jan before trucking it down there, courtesy of
> Total Care too (otherwise $700 worth of cartage). No sign of detached
> hoses
> or other problems with the cooling system after a very brief inspection,
> so
> we're steeling ourselves for a possible head gasket repair. Ouch!
> Anything
> less would be a huge bonus!
>
> I assume a number of you have been there and done that with Wasserboxer
> head
> gaskets, and was wondering whether you have any advice to impart in this
> situation, just in case. Sympathy gratefully accepted too.....
>
> Syncerely,
>
> Francesca.
Thanks, Les. Yes, we're trying to maintain the wait-and-see optimistic position, but a nervous wait nevertheless.

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 10:18 AM, Les Harris <leslieharris@optusnet.com.au> wrote:

Francesca,

I think that I can speak for all the members on the sympathy vote and we all hope that it is a simple coolant loss, not an expensive one.

Les


From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Francesca Coles
Sent: 02 January 2010 10:14
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded

Hi all,

I assume a number of you have been there and done that with Wasserboxer head gaskets, and was wondering whether you have any advice to impart in this situation, just in case. Sympathy gratefully accepted too.....

Syncerely,

Francesca.


Thanks, Phil. I'm sure she'll be in good hands with Lloyd and he'll do all the necessary trouble shooting. Fortunately I pulled over pretty well straight away, so no sign of overheating.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 10:19 AM, <plander@optusnet.com.au> wrote:

Don't rule out other problems.

You could be lucky and it could be something simple like a thermostat or water pump.



> Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> A happy New Year to everyone! I hope some of you are enjoying travelling
> to
> exotic places in your Syncros.
>
> Unfortunately we've struck another spot of bother with ours. As I was
> heading up the Hume on Christmas Eve, on the way to a week at
> Wandiligong
> (near Bright) over Xmas/New Year, the coolant light began flashing just
> south of Euroa. I immediately pulled over and discovered an empty
> coolant
> reservoir and steam hissing out the back. After an interminable 3-hour
> wait,
> the RACV finally arrived and loaded her onto the back of a truck and
> carted
> her off to Euroa. Thank goodness we had signed up for RACV Total Care
> and
> straight away scored a hire car to salvage our holiday plans.
>
> Syncro is still in storage at Euroa because we're waiting for Volkwerke
> to
> reopen in Melbourne on 11 Jan before trucking it down there, courtesy of
> Total Care too (otherwise $700 worth of cartage). No sign of detached
> hoses
> or other problems with the cooling system after a very brief inspection,
> so
> we're steeling ourselves for a possible head gasket repair. Ouch!
> Anything
> less would be a huge bonus!
>
> I assume a number of you have been there and done that with Wasserboxer
> head
> gaskets, and was wondering whether you have any advice to impart in this
> situation, just in case. Sympathy gratefully accepted too.....
>
> Syncerely,
>
> Francesca.


I know that my dad had this same problem on his syncro travels last year and it was just a water pump.
 
Hopefully its the same problem for yours.
 
My sympathies if its not.
 
Cheers,
 
Scott
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded

 

Thanks, Phil. I'm sure she'll be in good hands with Lloyd and he'll do all the necessary trouble shooting. Fortunately I pulled over pretty well straight away, so no sign of overheating.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 10:19 AM, <plander@optusnet. com.au> wrote:
 

Don't rule out other problems.

You could be lucky and it could be something simple like a thermostat or water pump.



> Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail. com> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> A happy New Year to everyone! I hope some of you are enjoying travelling
> to
> exotic places in your Syncros.
>
> Unfortunately we've struck another spot of bother with ours. As I was
> heading up the Hume on Christmas Eve, on the way to a week at
> Wandiligong
> (near Bright) over Xmas/New Year, the coolant light began flashing just
> south of Euroa. I immediately pulled over and discovered an empty
> coolant
> reservoir and steam hissing out the back. After an interminable 3-hour
> wait,
> the RACV finally arrived and loaded her onto the back of a truck and
> carted
> her off to Euroa. Thank goodness we had signed up for RACV Total Care
> and
> straight away scored a hire car to salvage our holiday plans.
>
> Syncro is still in storage at Euroa because we're waiting for Volkwerke
> to
> reopen in Melbourne on 11 Jan before trucking it down there, courtesy of
> Total Care too (otherwise $700 worth of cartage). No sign of detached
> hoses
> or other problems with the cooling system after a very brief inspection,
> so
> we're steeling ourselves for a possible head gasket repair. Ouch!
> Anything
> less would be a huge bonus!
>
> I assume a number of you have been there and done that with Wasserboxer
> head
> gaskets, and was wondering whether you have any advice to impart in this
> situation, just in case. Sympathy gratefully accepted too.....
>
> Syncerely,
>
> Francesca.


Hi there,

Thanks for that encouraging news, Scott. Unfortunately because it was a rush and Xmas eve, and I was on my own with two kids by the edge of the Fume, we couldn't look more closely at it. The RACV guy really wanted to leave well alone and didn't know a windscreen wiper reservoir from a coolant reservoir, so probably just as well!

I wasn't really fishing too hard for sympathy, by the way. Everyone on here has had their fair share of dramas, after all! Par for the course with an ageing Syncro.

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 10:42 AM, Mr Scott Pitcher <spbconsulting@bigpond.com> wrote:

I know that my dad had this same problem on his syncro travels last year and it was just a water pump.
Hopefully its the same problem for yours.
My sympathies if its not.
Cheers,
Scott
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded

Thanks, Phil. I'm sure she'll be in good hands with Lloyd and he'll do all the necessary trouble shooting. Fortunately I pulled over pretty well straight away, so no sign of overheating.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 10:19 AM, <plander@optusnet.com.au> wrote:

Don't rule out other problems.

You could be lucky and it could be something simple like a thermostat or water pump.



> Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> A happy New Year to everyone! I hope some of you are enjoying travelling
> to
> exotic places in your Syncros.
>
> Unfortunately we've struck another spot of bother with ours. As I was
> heading up the Hume on Christmas Eve, on the way to a week at
> Wandiligong
> (near Bright) over Xmas/New Year, the coolant light began flashing just
> south of Euroa. I immediately pulled over and discovered an empty
> coolant
> reservoir and steam hissing out the back. After an interminable 3-hour
> wait,
> the RACV finally arrived and loaded her onto the back of a truck and
> carted
> her off to Euroa. Thank goodness we had signed up for RACV Total Care
> and
> straight away scored a hire car to salvage our holiday plans.
>
> Syncro is still in storage at Euroa because we're waiting for Volkwerke
> to
> reopen in Melbourne on 11 Jan before trucking it down there, courtesy of
> Total Care too (otherwise $700 worth of cartage). No sign of detached
> hoses
> or other problems with the cooling system after a very brief inspection,
> so
> we're steeling ourselves for a possible head gasket repair. Ouch!
> Anything
> less would be a huge bonus!
>
> I assume a number of you have been there and done that with Wasserboxer
> head
> gaskets, and was wondering whether you have any advice to impart in this
> situation, just in case. Sympathy gratefully accepted too.....
>
> Syncerely,
>
> Francesca.



Yes but they are the best vehicles around. Hopefully yours is an easy fix.
 
As for sympathy - you need to take what you can get these days.
 
Cheers,
 
Scott
 
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded

 

Hi there,


Thanks for that encouraging news, Scott. Unfortunately because it was a rush and Xmas eve, and I was on my own with two kids by the edge of the Fume, we couldn't look more closely at it. The RACV guy really wanted to leave well alone and didn't know a windscreen wiper reservoir from a coolant reservoir, so probably just as well!

I wasn't really fishing too hard for sympathy, by the way. Everyone on here has had their fair share of dramas, after all! Par for the course with an ageing Syncro.

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 10:42 AM, Mr Scott Pitcher <spbconsulting@ bigpond.com> wrote:
 

I know that my dad had this same problem on his syncro travels last year and it was just a water pump.
 
Hopefully its the same problem for yours.
 
My sympathies if its not.
 
Cheers,
 
Scott
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australi a] Syncro stranded

 

Thanks, Phil. I'm sure she'll be in good hands with Lloyd and he'll do all the necessary trouble shooting. Fortunately I pulled over pretty well straight away, so no sign of overheating.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 10:19 AM, <plander@optusnet. com.au> wrote:
 

Don't rule out other problems.

You could be lucky and it could be something simple like a thermostat or water pump.



> Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail. com> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> A happy New Year to everyone! I hope some of you are enjoying travelling
> to
> exotic places in your Syncros.
>
> Unfortunately we've struck another spot of bother with ours. As I was
> heading up the Hume on Christmas Eve, on the way to a week at
> Wandiligong
> (near Bright) over Xmas/New Year, the coolant light began flashing just
> south of Euroa. I immediately pulled over and discovered an empty
> coolant
> reservoir and steam hissing out the back. After an interminable 3-hour
> wait,
> the RACV finally arrived and loaded her onto the back of a truck and
> carted
> her off to Euroa. Thank goodness we had signed up for RACV Total Care
> and
> straight away scored a hire car to salvage our holiday plans.
>
> Syncro is still in storage at Euroa because we're waiting for Volkwerke
> to
> reopen in Melbourne on 11 Jan before trucking it down there, courtesy of
> Total Care too (otherwise $700 worth of cartage). No sign of detached
> hoses
> or other problems with the cooling system after a very brief inspection,
> so
> we're steeling ourselves for a possible head gasket repair. Ouch!
> Anything
> less would be a huge bonus!
>
> I assume a number of you have been there and done that with Wasserboxer
> head
> gaskets, and was wondering whether you have any advice to impart in this
> situation, just in case. Sympathy gratefully accepted too.....
>
> Syncerely,
>
> Francesca.



Thanks, Scott, for the tea and sympathy, and your vote of confidence in Syncros.

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 1:36 PM, Mr Scott Pitcher <spbconsulting@bigpond.com> wrote:

Yes but they are the best vehicles around. Hopefully yours is an easy fix.
As for sympathy - you need to take what you can get these days.
Cheers,
Scott
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded

Hi there,


Thanks for that encouraging news, Scott. Unfortunately because it was a rush and Xmas eve, and I was on my own with two kids by the edge of the Fume, we couldn't look more closely at it. The RACV guy really wanted to leave well alone and didn't know a windscreen wiper reservoir from a coolant reservoir, so probably just as well!

I wasn't really fishing too hard for sympathy, by the way. Everyone on here has had their fair share of dramas, after all! Par for the course with an ageing Syncro.

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 10:42 AM, Mr Scott Pitcher <spbconsulting@bigpond.com> wrote:

I know that my dad had this same problem on his syncro travels last year and it was just a water pump.
Hopefully its the same problem for yours.
My sympathies if its not.
Cheers,
Scott
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded

Thanks, Phil. I'm sure she'll be in good hands with Lloyd and he'll do all the necessary trouble shooting. Fortunately I pulled over pretty well straight away, so no sign of overheating.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 10:19 AM, <plander@optusnet.com.au> wrote:

Don't rule out other problems.

You could be lucky and it could be something simple like a thermostat or water pump.



> Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> A happy New Year to everyone! I hope some of you are enjoying travelling
> to
> exotic places in your Syncros.
>
> Unfortunately we've struck another spot of bother with ours. As I was
> heading up the Hume on Christmas Eve, on the way to a week at
> Wandiligong
> (near Bright) over Xmas/New Year, the coolant light began flashing just
> south of Euroa. I immediately pulled over and discovered an empty
> coolant
> reservoir and steam hissing out the back. After an interminable 3-hour
> wait,
> the RACV finally arrived and loaded her onto the back of a truck and
> carted
> her off to Euroa. Thank goodness we had signed up for RACV Total Care
> and
> straight away scored a hire car to salvage our holiday plans.
>
> Syncro is still in storage at Euroa because we're waiting for Volkwerke
> to
> reopen in Melbourne on 11 Jan before trucking it down there, courtesy of
> Total Care too (otherwise $700 worth of cartage). No sign of detached
> hoses
> or other problems with the cooling system after a very brief inspection,
> so
> we're steeling ourselves for a possible head gasket repair. Ouch!
> Anything
> less would be a huge bonus!
>
> I assume a number of you have been there and done that with Wasserboxer
> head
> gaskets, and was wondering whether you have any advice to impart in this
> situation, just in case. Sympathy gratefully accepted too.....
>
> Syncerely,
>
> Francesca.




Scott,
I'll wager it's just a leaking coolant hose. Happened to me once with the hose off the plastic distribution fitting under the AFM, a common problem hose, easily replaced or even patched temporarily. Need someone a bit handy though.

The 25yo T3 Syncro remains viable due to an unprecedented worldwide support base, not includiing VAG.
Ordinary folk can all kiss that support base goodbye should VAG ever produce an equally capable new model. Be terrific for the well heeled though eh.
Ken

-----Original Message-----
From: Mr Scott Pitcher <spbconsulting@bigpond.com>
Sent: Saturday, 2 January 2010 1:36 PM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded



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With all those kilometres of hoses in the cooling system I guess it could be one somewhere! However, I did notice a sudden loss of power, which I find worrying. On the good side (I hope), the engine sounded like it was running smoothly, and no white smoke issuing from the exhaust, though plenty of steam and leakage from elsewhere. At least Santa made it to Wandiligong in time to stuff the stockings, although he had to trade down from a Syncro to Rudolf and Co.

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Ken Garratt <unclekenz@hotmail.com> wrote:
Scott,
I'll wager it's just a leaking coolant hose. Happened to me once with the hose off the plastic distribution fitting under the AFM, a common problem hose, easily replaced or even patched temporarily. Need someone a bit handy though.

The 25yo T3 Syncro remains viable due to an unprecedented worldwide support base, not includiing VAG.
Ordinary folk can all kiss that support base goodbye should VAG ever produce an equally capable new model. Be terrific for the well heeled though eh.
Ken

-----Original Message-----
From: Mr Scott Pitcher <spbconsulting@bigpond.com>
Sent: Saturday, 2 January 2010 1:36 PM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded



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An analogy would be the home computer ... the rubbish in, rubbish out scenario.
So at the time, with low or no coolant, overheating in train and a cooked motor imminent, the ecu's struggling with rubbish input from the sensors, so it can idle but no power. Let's hope the motor was switched off in time eh.

Given the complexity, I have an abiding love/hate relationship with my syncro coolant system too, but we ignore it at our peril! Which is why I installed early warning coolant level audible alarms to alert me.
Ken




-----Original Message-----
From: Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, 2 January 2010 4:53 PM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded


With all those kilometres of hoses in the cooling system I guess it could be one somewhere! However, I did notice a sudden loss of power, which I find worrying. On the good side (I hope), the engine sounded like it was running smoothly, and no white smoke issuing from the exhaust, though plenty of steam and leakage from elsewhere. At least Santa made it to Wandiligong in time to stuff the stockings, although he had to trade down from a Syncro to Rudolf and Co.

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Ken Garratt <unclekenz@hotmail.com> wrote:
Scott,
I'll wager it's just a leaking coolant hose. Happened to me once with the hose off the plastic distribution fitting under the AFM, a common problem hose, easily replaced or even patched temporarily. Need someone a bit handy though.

The 25yo T3 Syncro remains viable due to an unprecedented worldwide support base, not includiing VAG.
Ordinary folk can all kiss that support base goodbye should VAG ever produce an equally capable new model. Be terrific for the well heeled though eh.
Ken

-----Original Message-----
From: Mr Scott Pitcher <spbconsulting@bigpond.com>
Sent: Saturday, 2 January 2010 1:36 PM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded



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Hi Francesca,

I am pleased you have not lost your humour over this misfortune, this is most important !!  When this happened to me , my little truck was heavily loaded when  the steam escaped

accompanied by a loud hissing noise – The plastic cap on the tank to your left (header) had failed but was still on top of the tank so it was not easily detectable where the steam was

coming from.  Anyway, I am confident the problem is a small one!   Hartmut  

 

 

 

With all those kilometres of hoses in the cooling system I guess it could be one somewhere! However, I did notice a sudden loss of power, which I find worrying. On the good side (I hope), the engine sounded like it was running smoothly, and no white smoke issuing from the exhaust, though plenty of steam and leakage from elsewhere. At least Santa made it to Wandiligong in time to stuff the stockings, although he had to trade down from a Syncro to Rudolf and Co.

 

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Ken Garratt <unclekenz@hotmail.com> wrote:

Scott,
I'll wager it's just a leaking coolant hose. Happened to me once with the hose off the plastic distribution fitting under the AFM, a common problem hose, easily replaced or even patched temporarily. Need someone a bit handy though.

The 25yo T3 Syncro remains viable due to an unprecedented worldwide support base, not includiing VAG.
Ordinary folk can all kiss that support base goodbye should VAG ever produce an equally capable new model. Be terrific for the well heeled though eh.
Ken


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Hi Hartmut,

Nice to hear from you, and I like your confidence. I'll set my overactive imagination to rest for the moment. It's a pity we can't pick the most convenient time for our breakdowns, isn't it?

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live.com.au> wrote:

Hi Francesca,

I am pleased you have not lost your humour over this misfortune, this is most important !! When this happened to me , my little truck was heavily loaded when the steam escaped

accompanied by a loud hissing noise – The plastic cap on the tank to your left (header) had failed but was still on top of the tank so it was not easily detectable where the steam was

coming from. Anyway, I am confident the problem is a small one! Hartmut

With all those kilometres of hoses in the cooling system I guess it could be one somewhere! However, I did notice a sudden loss of power, which I find worrying. On the good side (I hope), the engine sounded like it was running smoothly, and no white smoke issuing from the exhaust, though plenty of steam and leakage from elsewhere. At least Santa made it to Wandiligong in time to stuff the stockings, although he had to trade down from a Syncro to Rudolf and Co.

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Ken Garratt <unclekenz@hotmail.com> wrote:

Scott,
I'll wager it's just a leaking coolant hose. Happened to me once with the hose off the plastic distribution fitting under the AFM, a common problem hose, easily replaced or even patched temporarily. Need someone a bit handy though.

The 25yo T3 Syncro remains viable due to an unprecedented worldwide support base, not includiing VAG.
Ordinary folk can all kiss that support base goodbye should VAG ever produce an equally capable new model. Be terrific for the well heeled though eh.
Ken


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Sent: Saturday, 2 January 2010 1:36 PM
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I like the idea is only braking down when it is convenient.  As it happen I brole down several times on my trip around the USA. I managed to blow a water line on my 84 2wd about 30 mile from Go Westy. Got the van flat bedded to there place picked up the parts I needed and away I when again.  That was convenient.  Finding out my mobile had stop working was the problem.  Blowing my expansion tank in the middle of Utah not so convenient.

Cheers,

Michael Roberts


From: Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com>
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sun, January 3, 2010 8:48:57 AM
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded

 

Hi Hartmut,


Nice to hear from you, and I like your confidence. I'll set my overactive imagination to rest for the moment. It's a pity we can't pick the most convenient time for our breakdowns, isn't it?

Francesca. 

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live. com.au> wrote:
 

Hi Francesca,

I am pleased you have not lost your humour over this misfortune, this is most important !!  When this happened to me , my little truck was heavily loaded when  the steam escaped

accompanied by a loud hissing noise – The plastic cap on the tank to your left (header) had failed but was still on top of the tank so it was not easily detectable where the steam was

coming from.  Anyway, I am confident the problem is a small one!   Hartmut  

 

 

 

With all those kilometres of hoses in the cooling system I guess it could be one somewhere! However, I did notice a sudden loss of power, which I find worrying. On the good side (I hope), the engine sounded like it was running smoothly, and no white smoke issuing from the exhaust, though plenty of steam and leakage from elsewhere. At least Santa made it to Wandiligong in time to stuff the stockings, although he had to trade down from a Syncro to Rudolf and Co.

 

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Ken Garratt <unclekenz@hotmail. com> wrote:

Scott,
I'll wager it's just a leaking coolant hose. Happened to me once with the hose off the plastic distribution fitting under the AFM, a common problem hose, easily replaced or even patched temporarily. Need someone a bit handy though.

The 25yo T3 Syncro remains viable due to an unprecedented worldwide support base, not includiing VAG.
Ordinary folk can all kiss that support base goodbye should VAG ever produce an equally capable new model. Be terrific for the well heeled though eh.
Ken


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Nice one, Michael. Perhaps we need to compile an annual list of Great Syncro Moments. Why let Tom Hanks steal all the limelight, after all?

On Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 12:02 PM, Michael Roberts <type500@yahoo.com> wrote:

I like the idea is only braking down when it is convenient. As it happen I brole down several times on my trip around the USA. I managed to blow a water line on my 84 2wd about 30 mile from Go Westy. Got the van flat bedded to there place picked up the parts I needed and away I when again. That was convenient. Finding out my mobile had stop working was the problem. Blowing my expansion tank in the middle of Utah not so convenient.

Cheers,

Michael Roberts


From: Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com>
Sent: Sun, January 3, 2010 8:48:57 AM

Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded

Hi Hartmut,


Nice to hear from you, and I like your confidence. I'll set my overactive imagination to rest for the moment. It's a pity we can't pick the most convenient time for our breakdowns, isn't it?

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live. com.au> wrote:

Hi Francesca,

I am pleased you have not lost your humour over this misfortune, this is most important !! When this happened to me , my little truck was heavily loaded when the steam escaped

accompanied by a loud hissing noise – The plastic cap on the tank to your left (header) had failed but was still on top of the tank so it was not easily detectable where the steam was

coming from. Anyway, I am confident the problem is a small one! Hartmut

With all those kilometres of hoses in the cooling system I guess it could be one somewhere! However, I did notice a sudden loss of power, which I find worrying. On the good side (I hope), the engine sounded like it was running smoothly, and no white smoke issuing from the exhaust, though plenty of steam and leakage from elsewhere. At least Santa made it to Wandiligong in time to stuff the stockings, although he had to trade down from a Syncro to Rudolf and Co.

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Ken Garratt <unclekenz@hotmail. com> wrote:

Scott,
I'll wager it's just a leaking coolant hose. Happened to me once with the hose off the plastic distribution fitting under the AFM, a common problem hose, easily replaced or even patched temporarily. Need someone a bit handy though.

The 25yo T3 Syncro remains viable due to an unprecedented worldwide support base, not includiing VAG.
Ordinary folk can all kiss that support base goodbye should VAG ever produce an equally capable new model. Be terrific for the well heeled though eh.
Ken


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Dear Francesca,
Could I add to the stories hoping that your problem proves relatively minor. My syncro displayed similar symptoms when my wife and I were down in the extreme south west of W.A. It proved to be a water pump like many have suggested and was fixed within a day before RACV extra cover had to truck it back across the Nullabor! There was no car hire service within cooee however to take advantage of that facet of the cover.'
We're down in Tassie for a few weeks for 1 of my son's wedding next week.My syncro is sitting where you have seen it outside my home.If it could assist you complete your holidays you would be welcome to it but I'd need to know promptly to get a key to you before my last son comes over to join us next Thursday.It may even be easier to post you my key direct. It has a lap and a lap/sash belt in the back if you are thinking child seats.
Cheers
Roger

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From: Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Received: Sunday, 3 January, 2010, 5:48 AM

 
Hi Hartmut,

Nice to hear from you, and I like your confidence. I'll set my overactive imagination to rest for the moment. It's a pity we can't pick the most convenient time for our breakdowns, isn't it?

Francesca. 

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live. com.au> wrote:
 

Hi Francesca,

I am pleased you have not lost your humour over this misfortune, this is most important !!  When this happened to me , my little truck was heavily loaded when  the steam escaped

accompanied by a loud hissing noise – The plastic cap on the tank to your left (header) had failed but was still on top of the tank so it was not easily detectable where the steam was

coming from.  Anyway, I am confident the problem is a small one!   Hartmut  

 

 

 

With all those kilometres of hoses in the cooling system I guess it could be one somewhere! However, I did notice a sudden loss of power, which I find worrying. On the good side (I hope), the engine sounded like it was running smoothly, and no white smoke issuing from the exhaust, though plenty of steam and leakage from elsewhere. At least Santa made it to Wandiligong in time to stuff the stockings, although he had to trade down from a Syncro to Rudolf and Co.

 

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Ken Garratt <unclekenz@hotmail. com> wrote:

Scott,
I'll wager it's just a leaking coolant hose. Happened to me once with the hose off the plastic distribution fitting under the AFM, a common problem hose, easily replaced or even patched temporarily. Need someone a bit handy though.

The 25yo T3 Syncro remains viable due to an unprecedented worldwide support base, not includiing VAG.
Ordinary folk can all kiss that support base goodbye should VAG ever produce an equally capable new model. Be terrific for the well heeled though eh.
Ken


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Hello Roger,

Thanks for sharing your story. It sounds as though you got much more than your money's worth, trucking it back across the Nullabor. That's definitely an inconvenient place for a breakdown - makes the Hume HIghway at Euroa look like a picnic.

Thanks for the extremely kind offer of the loan of your Syncro! I was ruing the loss of it over the summer period because, although Tony is now back at work, I had planned on taking the kids to the bush or beach one or two times to keep us all healthy and entertained over the holidays. However, I hope ours will be delivered to Volkwerke next Monday, and that Lloyd can affect a repair, providing it is something minor. So, thanks so much for the offer, but we can wait a week or so to see whether we can get her back on the road. In the meantime, we could slum it by (shock horror) car camping with a tent. I have been thinking of all those soggy souls camping since New Year in the tail end of Cyclone Laurence and remembering how snug it feels in the Syncro with the rain and wind raging around.

What bliss to have several weeks in Tassie over the summer. I hope your son's wedding is a joyful occasion and you enjoy the rest of your trip.

Francesca.

On Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 10:49 PM, Roger Bell <bellrmit@yahoo.com.au> wrote:

Dear Francesca,
Could I add to the stories hoping that your problem proves relatively minor. My syncro displayed similar symptoms when my wife and I were down in the extreme south west of W.A. It proved to be a water pump like many have suggested and was fixed within a day before RACV extra cover had to truck it back across the Nullabor! There was no car hire service within cooee however to take advantage of that facet of the cover.'
We're down in Tassie for a few weeks for 1 of my son's wedding next week.My syncro is sitting where you have seen it outside my home.If it could assist you complete your holidays you would be welcome to it but I'd need to know promptly to get a key to you before my last son comes over to join us next Thursday.It may even be easier to post you my key direct. It has a lap and a lap/sash belt in the back if you are thinking child seats.
Cheers
Roger

--- On Sun, 3/1/10, Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com>

Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Received: Sunday, 3 January, 2010, 5:48 AM

Hi Hartmut,

Nice to hear from you, and I like your confidence. I'll set my overactive imagination to rest for the moment. It's a pity we can't pick the most convenient time for our breakdowns, isn't it?

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live. com.au> wrote:

Hi Francesca,

I am pleased you have not lost your humour over this misfortune, this is most important !! When this happened to me , my little truck was heavily loaded when the steam escaped

accompanied by a loud hissing noise – The plastic cap on the tank to your left (header) had failed but was still on top of the tank so it was not easily detectable where the steam was

coming from. Anyway, I am confident the problem is a small one! Hartmut

With all those kilometres of hoses in the cooling system I guess it could be one somewhere! However, I did notice a sudden loss of power, which I find worrying. On the good side (I hope), the engine sounded like it was running smoothly, and no white smoke issuing from the exhaust, though plenty of steam and leakage from elsewhere. At least Santa made it to Wandiligong in time to stuff the stockings, although he had to trade down from a Syncro to Rudolf and Co.

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Ken Garratt <unclekenz@hotmail. com> wrote:

Scott,
I'll wager it's just a leaking coolant hose. Happened to me once with the hose off the plastic distribution fitting under the AFM, a common problem hose, easily replaced or even patched temporarily. Need someone a bit handy though.

The 25yo T3 Syncro remains viable due to an unprecedented worldwide support base, not includiing VAG.
Ordinary folk can all kiss that support base goodbye should VAG ever produce an equally capable new model. Be terrific for the well heeled though eh.
Ken


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Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know the outcome here, following your reassurances and advice. Thanks for that. It did turn out to be the water pump and surrounding hoses. So, now all repaired and awaiting pick-up. As I mentioned to Les, after we gave Lloyd the go-ahead, Tony remembered my cousin had fitted a Davies Craig pump to his Syncro and that he swears by it. Oh well, perhaps a missed opportunity, but at least ours is back on the road without breaking the bank, and is running well.

Francesca.

On Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 6:18 PM, Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com> wrote:


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Roger Bell <bellrmit@yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 10:49 PM
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com


Dear Francesca,
Could I add to the stories hoping that your problem proves relatively minor. My syncro displayed similar symptoms when my wife and I were down in the extreme south west of W.A. It proved to be a water pump like many have suggested and was fixed within a day before RACV extra cover had to truck it back across the Nullabor! There was no car hire service within cooee however to take advantage of that facet of the cover.'
We're down in Tassie for a few weeks for 1 of my son's wedding next week.My syncro is sitting where you have seen it outside my home.If it could assist you complete your holidays you would be welcome to it but I'd need to know promptly to get a key to you before my last son comes over to join us next Thursday.It may even be easier to post you my key direct. It has a lap and a lap/sash belt in the back if you are thinking child seats.
Cheers
Roger

--- On Sun, 3/1/10, Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com>

Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Received: Sunday, 3 January, 2010, 5:48 AM

Hi Hartmut,

Nice to hear from you, and I like your confidence. I'll set my overactive imagination to rest for the moment. It's a pity we can't pick the most convenient time for our breakdowns, isn't it?

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live. com.au> wrote:

Hi Francesca,

I am pleased you have not lost your humour over this misfortune, this is most important !! When this happened to me , my little truck was heavily loaded when the steam escaped

accompanied by a loud hissing noise – The plastic cap on the tank to your left (header) had failed but was still on top of the tank so it was not easily detectable where the steam was

coming from. Anyway, I am confident the problem is a small one! Hartmut

With all those kilometres of hoses in the cooling system I guess it could be one somewhere! However, I did notice a sudden loss of power, which I find worrying. On the good side (I hope), the engine sounded like it was running smoothly, and no white smoke issuing from the exhaust, though plenty of steam and leakage from elsewhere. At least Santa made it to Wandiligong in time to stuff the stockings, although he had to trade down from a Syncro to Rudolf and Co.

Francesca.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Ken Garratt <unclekenz@hotmail. com> wrote:

Scott,
I'll wager it's just a leaking coolant hose. Happened to me once with the hose off the plastic distribution fitting under the AFM, a common problem hose, easily replaced or even patched temporarily. Need someone a bit handy though.

The 25yo T3 Syncro remains viable due to an unprecedented worldwide support base, not includiing VAG.
Ordinary folk can all kiss that support base goodbye should VAG ever produce an equally capable new model. Be terrific for the well heeled though eh.
Ken


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Sent: Saturday, 2 January 2010 1:36 PM
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Water pumps are not really a problem on T25s.

In the early days they were until VW changed the type of belt to the toothed type and stopped the gorilla mechanics from overtightening them.



> Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> Just wanted to let you know the outcome here, following your
> reassurances
> and advice. Thanks for that. It did turn out to be the water pump and
> surrounding hoses. So, now all repaired and awaiting pick-up. As I
> mentioned
> to Les, after we gave Lloyd the go-ahead, Tony remembered my cousin had
> fitted a Davies Craig pump to his Syncro and that he swears by it. Oh
> well,
> perhaps a missed opportunity, but at least ours is back on the road
> without
> breaking the bank, and is running well.
>
> Francesca.
>
> On Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 6:18 PM, Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> >
> >
> > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > From: Roger Bell <bellrmit@yahoo.com.au>
> > Date: Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 10:49 PM
> > Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded
> > To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Dear Francesca,
> > Could I add to the stories hoping that your problem proves relatively
> > minor. My syncro displayed similar symptoms when my wife and I were
> down in
> > the extreme south west of W.A. It proved to be a water pump like many
> have
> > suggested and was fixed within a day before RACV extra cover had to
> truck it
> > back across the Nullabor! There was no car hire service within cooee
> however
> > to take advantage of that facet of the cover.'
> > We're down in Tassie for a few weeks for 1 of my son's wedding next
> week.My
> > syncro is sitting where you have seen it outside my home.If it could
> assist
> > you complete your holidays you would be welcome to it but I'd need to
> know
> > promptly to get a key to you before my last son comes over to join us
> next
> > Thursday.It may even be easier to post you my key direct. It has a lap
> and a
> > lap/sash belt in the back if you are thinking child seats.
> > Cheers
> > Roger
> >
> > --- On *Sun, 3/1/10, Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com>* wrote:
> >
> >
> > From: Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com>
> >
> > Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Syncro stranded
> > To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> > Received: Sunday, 3 January, 2010, 5:48 AM
> >
> >
> > Hi Hartmut,
> >
> > Nice to hear from you, and I like your confidence. I'll set my
> overactive
> > imagination to rest for the moment. It's a pity we can't pick the most
> > convenient time for our breakdowns, isn't it?
> >
> > Francesca.
> >
> > On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live.
> com.au<http://au.mc531.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=hartis@live.com.au>
> > > wrote:
> >
> >>
> >>
> >> Hi Francesca,
> >>
> >> I am pleased you have not lost your humour over this misfortune, this
> is
> >> most important !! When this happened to me , my little truck was
> heavily
> >> loaded when the steam escaped
> >>
> >> accompanied by a loud hissing noise ��� The plastic cap on the tank to
> your
> >> left (header) had failed but was still on top of the tank so it was
> not
> >> easily detectable where the steam was
> >>
> >> coming from. Anyway, I am confident the problem is a small one!
> Hartmut
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> With all those kilometres of hoses in the cooling system I guess it
> >> could be one somewhere! However, I did notice a sudden loss of power,
> which
> >> I find worrying. On the good side (I hope), the engine sounded like
> it was
> >> running smoothly, and no white smoke issuing from the exhaust, though
> plenty
> >> of steam and leakage from elsewhere. At least Santa made it to
> Wandiligong
> >> in time to stuff the stockings, although he had to trade down from a
> Syncro
> >> to Rudolf and Co.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Francesca.
> >>
> >> On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Ken Garratt <unclekenz@hotmail.
> com<http://au.mc531.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=unclekenz@hotmail.com>>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> Scott,
> >> I'll wager it's just a leaking coolant hose. Happened to me once with
> the
> >> hose off the plastic distribution fitting under the AFM, a common
> problem
> >> hose, easily replaced or even patched temporarily. Need someone a bit
> handy
> >> though.
> >>
> >> The 25yo T3 Syncro remains viable due to an unprecedented worldwide
> >> support base, not includiing VAG.
> >> Ordinary folk can all kiss that support base goodbye should VAG ever
> >> produce an equally capable new model. Be terrific for the well heeled
> though
> >> eh.
> >> Ken
> >>
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Mr Scott Pitcher <spbconsulting@
> bigpond.com<http://au.mc531.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=spbconsulting@bi
> gpond.com>
> >> >
> >> Sent: Saturday, 2 January 2010 1:36 PM
> >> To: Syncro_T3_Australia @yahoogroups.
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