• Accessing the Van Engine, Part One (Basic access, for checking fluids, belts, etc:)

    Basic access, for checking fluids, belts, etc:

    No tools required!

    First, slide the driver’s seat as far back as it will go and tilt the steering wheel up as far as it will go (not necessary if your van doesn’t have a tilt wheel).

    IMPORTANT! If your van has armrests on the passenger side seat (2nd gen LE vans only), ALSO MOVE THE PASSENGER SEAT FORWARD!

    Lift up the two velcroed flaps in front of the drivers’ side seat:


    On 1st generation (’84 and ’85) vans, you will find two buckles like this, one under each flap:


    AND you will find another of the tension buckles hiding under the carpet here:


    On 2nd-generation (’86-’89) vans, you will find two levers for spring latches:

    Move the levers to the right (passenger side) and carefully try to raise the seat (because the latches don’t always release and the steel loops can and do break if enough force is applied).

    There are only the two latches for the 2nd generation vans.

    Lif the seat and hook it up with the plastic hood hanger (or whatever you want to call it):

    This one is broken and — warning! — somewhat dangerous to work beneath as it will eventually give way. (This part is NO LONGER AVAILABLE.)

    Questions or comments on this stuff? Want to read about others' experiences? CLICK HERE to go to the companion forum thread !!!
  • Recent Forum Posts


    Re: Sensors to overdrive

    Thanks. Yes, it shifts and seems to be stuck in 3rd. When I floor it, it does kick down to a lower gear.
    With the solenoid bypass does the temp have any bearing on the shifting?

    ssocal87 01-29-2023, 06:57 AM Go to last post

    Re: Sensors to overdrive

    When you take off you should hear/feel when each shift point occurs. If you have an RPM gauge it's even easier to detect. Are you counting 3 gears or 4? If only 3, does the transmission ever shift...

    timsrv 01-29-2023, 05:37 AM Go to last post

    Re: Sensors to overdrive

    Hi Tim,

    I finally got to putting a solenoid bypass. I drove it, but it still seemed to not make a difference, and did not go into overdrive. Is there something I’m missing to do? It’s a 4wd auto....

    ssocal87 01-29-2023, 01:01 AM Go to last post
    Taylor Giovanni

    Re: 87' 2wd upper control arm bushings

    Hmmm yeah definitely possible. Also possibly poorly copied aftermarket bushings. I compared the old and new ones with a caliper and everything is the same, even the sleeve diameter.. :?:

    Taylor Giovanni 01-27-2023, 12:32 AM Go to last post

    Transmission fluid leak.

    Today I noticed my transmission leaking, it’s coming from a gasket ring above the pan, I looked in my repair manual and couldn’t find anything addressing this issue.....thanks

    WilliamHoy 01-26-2023, 11:10 PM Go to last post