It’s starting to be a problem…

When I bought my bug, I expected some electrical issues.  I’ve had a few.  From issues with my headlights to some issues with basic grounds.  You can come to expect these kinds of things on cars approaching 45 or more years old.

Another issue I encountered on my own beetle was an intermittent starter issue.  In this post, I’ll break down how the starter system works electrically and mechanically  since this topic has come up a few times with a few friends in recent days.

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Bugout 37 Results – July 8th 2018

 

If you were a visitor at Bug Out or a sponsor of Bug Out – thank you for supporting us.  We produce the event in association with the K-W Optimist Club.  They are a fantastic supporter of youth in our community and it is a pleasure to host our event at their facility in beautiful Heidelberg, Ontario.

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Here are the results of Bug Out 37:

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Repair: Brake Star Spring Clip

This weeks article is a rather short technical idea than a full fledged project. It’s about keeping your brakes adjusted on your Bug, Ghia, Thing, Buggy, etc.  If you’ve ever adjusted your brakes before, you are aware the the issues of the brake adjustment stars. The stars typically corrode in place, so we remove them, clean them up in the wire wheel. We typically apply grease or anti-seize compound to ensure they remain free (for a while at least). The next step is to adjust the brakes so they just slightly drag on the drums. Take it for a test drive, feels great doesn’t it! But wait a minute, by the second time you drive it you need to adjust your brakes again – whats going on here!?

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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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