Rolling with the Punches
We've always known there are possibilities that Burt will breakdown, sputter to a stop or burst into a hellfire of flames someday (don't worry, we did change the fuel lines). We take the Buddhist approach and try to picture that it's already going to happen in advance. That way it's no surprise...
Well, Burt did break down on the side of a 98 degree highway in Dallas on the day we were to arrive in Austin - we were only 3 hours away! C'est la vie!
It was a hot hot day and we were happy the pups and Burt survived the whole ordeal - I was one worried dog/van momma.
Once we were towed, we found out our clutch had shattered into a million pieces and that the fly wheel was due for resurfacing. Either one of two things happened - it was hot and our clutch already needed to be replaced (it was old and likely waring down) or Mike threw the car from 3rd to reverse in an accidental shifting-malfunction.
Either way, we had a great experience at Cowboys Auto who fixed our van in a day and a half! Really great guys and really great service. If you're in Dallas, we highly recommend them!
Vanagon Towing Tip:
Always make sure your van is being towed by a flatbed truck (if it's 2WD), because the 2WD is in the rear wheels and normal tow trucks will destroy the transmission - and that's an expensive fix!