Coolant Level Sensor for Expansion Tank [Early & Late Vanagon]
This coolant level sensor fits in the expansion tank of all 1983-91 watercooled Vanagons. This inexpensive and indispensable part has had its share of reliability issues over the years, so we highly recommend that you take the opportunity to upgrade to our GoWesty designed Coolant Level Sensor Conversion Kit.
If you are looking to take your cooling system to the next level, take this opportunity to also upgrade your original plastic expansion tank in favor of our bullet-proof all-metal Aluminum Coolant Expansion Tank. Prefer to stick to the original design? We offer new plastic expansion tanks here.
Fit note: The late-model sensor utilizes a plastic connector. If yours has a rubber boot, you'll need the early-model sensor. Please make your selection in the drop-down menu.
These VW-designed level sensors are very reliable and affordable. When installed properly and with care, they work great!
Because of the size of the hole it fits, it necessarily have a very large hex section that is there so you can screw it in. But that doesn’t mean they should be tightened in a LARGE way! Also, there is a parting line down the middle of these sensors, where the two halves of the mold they were made in, come together. A little bit of sealant in this area is a good Idea.
- Pull off the O-ring
- Dab a very small amount of silicone or urethane sealant on the parting line, both sides.
- Put the O-ring back on
- Squirt the O-ring with soapy water
- Get the sensor started in the threads by hand
- Using a socket of the correct size, finish installing the sensor by hand (no rachet required!) until the hex part of the sensor bottoms out on the tank, and then STOP!