Repair: Glovebox

So – this weeks article is a pretty basic repair, but pretty much necessary these days on the older Standard Beetles and early Super Beetles.  The original glove boxes are made with a paper fiber material that hasn’t held up well over the years.  On my Beetle, staying original isn’t all that important.  More important to me, is the car being functional.

Type 1 – Late Model Plastic Glove Box

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Repair: Are you the keymaster?

 

Locks on your VW bug are pretty simple to work on. On my 1975, the door locks didn’t match the ignition lock.  Since it was a used car, I only received one of each key for the vehicle.  I had a blank for my ignition, but I had no blank for the door key.  I needed to re-key the doors to match my ignition.  Apparently, this is the way to do it, as you can not re-key the ignition even if you wanted to.

Zuul is looking for someone to help with her VW door locks. – Ghostbusters 1984

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Repair: Jetta MK4.5 Trunk Wiring Repair

People say that VW’s have a lot of electrical problems.  I’m not sure thats really true.  Cars are certainly more complicated than they used to be.  This is sometimes driven by convenience or style.  I wonder sometimes if the designers and engineers consider the end user experience, or is the vehicle designed to simply minimize manufacturing costs and maximize service revenue.   This becomes relevant as you read on. Continue reading “Repair: Jetta MK4.5 Trunk Wiring Repair”

Repair: Assembling a toolbox

What’s in your toolbox?  That’s probably a very personal question to some folks.  Over the years people amass a pile of tools for working on modern cars.  I know this to be true because I have a lot of fairly specialized tools for vehicles I own or have owned.  Yes, I even own a cam belt tensioner adjustment tool for a MKIV vintage Jetta 2.0 Litre.

MKIV (Jetta/Golf) timing belt wrench. Yes, you really need one of these for a timing belt job…

The beetle is  different though.  Elegant simplicity.  Only a few hand tools are really required to work on them.  I’m going to start a list below for those folks that are just getting started in the hobby, or want to do a spot check on their bug toolbox and mention some spare parts that you might like to have while traveling.

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Repair: It’s time for a oil change

Ok, this seems like this will be a simplistic article.  It sort-of is, everything is basic, but you need to be very conscious and meticulous to prevent trouble from finding you.  There are a few nuances about doing an oil change on your air-cooled engine that you may or not be aware of, things that  I have noticed while working on the air cooled wonder.  Perhaps I’m too picky about how to do simple things.  The devil is usually in the details.

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Repair: Bulbs – An illuminating topic…

Ever just wanted to know what bulbs to install in your late model Bug?

…or you were wondering about LED bulb versus conventional tungsten bulb brightness.

I put together this handy table with hopefully everything you ever wanted to know about your light bulbs.

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