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Volkswagen EuroVan: 1992-2003 (T4) Norcold fridge


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zigger

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Norcold fridge
Posted: May 15, 2013 12:53 AM
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Hi All,

i've got the same problem that DuncanMH posted back in 2006. That is, the fridge in my 96 EV camper is not working properly. The green indicator light comes on pretty quickly when i switch the fridge to propane mode, but it flickers. Also, while it is doing this, I can hear the ignitor ticking in the back. This will go on for a few seconds (ticking of the ignitor with the green indicator light flickering) and then the light goes out and the ticking stops. Then a few seconds later it starts doing it again. Seems to occur this way regardless of whether I have the safety valve switch depressed or not. I haven't let it run like that long enough to see if the fridge is getting cold.

I have recently replaced the burner module and thermocouple, and the igniter wire shielding. After doing that job, the fridge worked like a champ for two trips, and then it started doing this. I pulled the vent cover and blew pressurized air in both the exhaust and intake lines. Tonight, I just put new hoses on to fix a slow leak at one of the connections. I plan to check the pressure at the valve next, but don't expect a problem there.

any suggestions would be appreciated. Anyone can tell me how to contact DuncanMH directly from here, i'd like to see what he eventually did to fix his problem.

and, if anyone wants to trade some information, i've got a full writeup on removing the dash to do the heater flap fix (includes pictures).

thanks in advance
TomB

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Re: Norcold fridge
Posted: May 15, 2013 11:06 AM   in response to: zigger in response to: zigger
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I had a 97 EVC and often had such problems with the fridge on propane after the van was several years old. While troubleshooting I noticed that if I had external AC power connected to the van the fridge would work fine on propane, but not when the AC power was disconnected. I wondered if the fridge controls required adequate DC 12V - and the AUX battery was not holding a charge well (it was still the original battery).
But I sold the van before I investigated further...
zigger

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Re: Norcold fridge
Posted: May 15, 2013 1:44 PM   in response to: TomB in response to: TomB
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Hi Tom,

thanks for the reply. When this first started, i tried that trick and it didn't help, so I don't think that's it. I appreciate the response. If you got rid of the 97, what are you driving now?
TomB

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Re: Norcold fridge
Posted: May 16, 2013 9:44 AM   in response to: zigger in response to: zigger
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We sold the 97 when my daughter got leukemia in 2004 for a Touareg (for fast urban trips to the hospital). After I retired in 2009 I bought an eBay 2001 Eurovan MV for travel, which I still love. When my daughter died in 2011 (after 3 more cancers) I bought her new Tiguan (from my son-in-law) for my wife, and sold the Touareg. My daily driver is a 1973 Beetle (upgraded with most parts from a MexiBeetle made in 2000).
zigger

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Registered: 05/03/08
Re: Norcold fridge
Posted: May 16, 2013 10:36 AM   in response to: TomB in response to: TomB
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Tom,

sounds like a lot of VW swapping, during a not too pleasant time in your life. Hope you have been able to get past all that, and thanks for the reply.

i spent some more time with the fridge last night, but no success. i put it back together for a trip this weekend; I'll be bringing ICE!
lg

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Re: Norcold fridge
Posted: Feb 14, 2014 11:36 AM   in response to: zigger in response to: zigger
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Anyone,

Our fridge is not lighting. Last time this happened the thermocouple was not in the flame. But that was 2008 and I cannot remember how to access it.

Can it be reached by removing the left-hand panel or must one pull the unit out. I seem to remember struggling with those foot bracket screws.

Thanks!
LG
Dream Weaver

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Re: Norcold fridge
Posted: Feb 16, 2014 2:23 PM   in response to: lg in response to: lg
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LG -
There are some illustrated instructions in the file Norcold Burner Cleaning.pdf found in the folder
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ev_update/files/Norcold documentation/

There is other helfful documentation there as well.

BTW, I have found that EV_Update YahooGroups is more helpful for EuroVan Camper specific equipment questions than the platform specific Bently group.

Bill Armstrong
2001 EuroVan Camper
GarthinNJ

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Re: Norcold fridge
Posted: Apr 5, 2014 4:14 PM   in response to: zigger in response to: zigger
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Is a refrigerator in the van really worth the trouble?
My wife and I have traveled with a MaxCold cooler. It keeps three days on ice. No fuss other than some ice top-up and draining. Easy to wash when we get home.

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