Caring for your Conversion Van

January 7th, 2011 by


Caring for Conversion Van


It’s outfitted with a numerous luxuries and can tackle any road or camping trip – behold the mighty Conversion Van!

But keeping your conversion van “mighty” takes some work.

Coming into style during the 1970s and 80s, conversion vans have been perhaps the best alternative to your standard class b motorhome for those looking for a more modest approach when it comes to riding in comfort.

And like other vehicles, one of the most important things people need to remember is taking care of your van conversion is an absolute must if you want it to last.

Keeping your eyes peeled for and knowing how to repair common problems with your conversion van will not only save you from unnecessary frustration, but also help you save a few coins in the long run. And while there are numerous things owners can do to help make their conversion van stand the test of time, a few of the more basic maintenance tasks are perhaps the most important.

Noisy Brakes are a No-No.

Quite simply if your brakes are making noises – grinding or squealing – then it’s time to have them looked at.

A common cause for squealing noises coming from your brakes is usually dust which has gathered in the brake drums. This is due to the vehicle’s brake pads breaking down over time. With that said, if you’re hearing a grinding noise, your brake pads are most likely becoming worn down.

Regardless of what sound is coming from your breaks, your best bet is to have them inspected by a licensed mechanic at the first sign of trouble. By doing so, you eliminate the possibility of your vehicle incurring additional damage to the rotor and prevent unnecessary future repairs.

Change your Dirty Oil!

Just what does oil do for my conversion vans motor anyway? Several things; It keeps all the moving parts inside from actually touching each other. Each part is coated with a very thin layer of oil called the hydrodynamic layer.

Oil also carries away combustion by-products, coats them and holds them in suspension to prevent these substances from attacking the internal motor parts. Moral of the story, change your oil at least every 6000 miles.

Keep your Tires in Good Shape.

The first thing to look at is tread depth. A penny is an excellent tool for this. Turn Abraham Lincoln upside down, and stick the penny into the tread groove. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, the tire doesn’t have enough tread to be safe.

Don’t just look at one tread groove, either. Check several, to see if one part of the tire is wearing faster than another. Also, look for “cupping,” which is a series of flat spots on the edge of the tread; look at the sidewalls for bulges, which indicate a problem with the tire’s internal structure.

For more information on caring for your conversion van fill out our Ask a Technician form or call 1-888-436-3216.

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