Haynes shows you how to service and maintain your VW Transporter T4
How to replace the rear light bulbs
How to change the wiper blades
How to replace the air filter
How to change the coolant
How to check the fluid levels
How to replace the headlight bulbs
How to replace the rear shock absorbers
How to replace the front brake pads
How to change the rear brake pads (shown below)
How to replace the fuel filter
How to change a wheel
How to disconnect the battery earth cable
How to replace the battery
How to change the engine oil and filter
How to change the pollen filter
How to jack up and support the rear
How to jack up and support the front
How to open the bonnet
How to remove the engine undertray
Does NOT cover petrol-engined models, all-wheel-drive ‘Syncro’ models, interior features specific to Westfalia, Caravelle or Multivan, or specialist bodywork/camper conversions. Does NOT cover Transporter ‘T5’ range introduced July 2003.
Written from hands-on experience gained from the complete strip-down and rebuild of a Volkswagen Transporter T4, Haynes can help you understand, care for and repair your van. We do it ourselves to help you do-it-yourself, and whatever your mechanical ability, the practical step-by-step explanations, linked to over 900 photos, will help you get the job done right. Regular servicing and maintenance of your VW Transporter T4 can help maintain its resale value, save you money, and make it safer to drive.
Buyer’s guide: the Volkswagen Transporter T4 story
The VW T4 Transporter was introduced in the UK in December 1990 and continued in production until July 2003. The range was facelifted in May 1996 with significant mechanical revisions incorporated. Seemingly innumerable variations of body types and styles were available, in either short or long-wheelbase configuration.
The Transporter was available with 1.9, 2.4 and 2.5-litre diesel engines, in a wide range of power outputs. Petrol engines encompassed 1.8, 2.0, 2.5, and 2.8 litre units were also available but are not covered by our manual.
The 1.9 litre diesel engines were of 4-cylinder SOHC 8-valve configuration with indirect diesel injection and were either normally-aspirated or turbocharged. The 2.4 and 2.5-litre engines were of 5-cylinder SOHC 10-valve configuration. The 2.4-litre engines used indirect diesel injection and were all normally-aspirated; 2.5-litre engines used direct diesel injection. All three were turbocharged.
A 5-speed manual transmission was fitted as standard equipment with a 4-speed automatic transmission being optionally available. The engine is mounted transversely at the front of the vehicle with the transmission mounted on the left-hand side. All models are of front-wheel-drive configuration (a four-wheel-drive version was also available but is not covered by our manual).
The front suspension is fully independent using upper and lower transverse wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers and an anti-roll bar. The rear suspension is also fully independent by means of trailing arms, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers. An anti-roll bar is fitted to certain versions.
The dual-circuit, servo-assisted braking system has discs at the front and self-adjusting drum brakes at the rear on vehicles produced up to May 1996. On later models, disc brakes are fitted at the front and rear. ABS, and on later models, traction control are optionally available, for extra safety when braking in emergency situations.
A wide range of standard and optional equipment is available within the Transporter range, including power steering, air conditioning, remote central locking, electric windows, engine immobiliser and airbags.