Engine will not turn over or make much of a sound.
The battery is new and working (clock works) but the 77 VW SuperBeetle convertible I recently purchased does nothing when I turn the key. I can hear a very faint click immediately after turning the key coming from the ignition switch area, nothing from the engine compartment. I think it might be the ignition switch, not sure, any suggestions....
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Follow the negative cable from the battery to where it bolts to the engine or frame, unbolt it and clean the area with a wire brush or sandpaper, then reconnect the cable. A bad ground can cause this issue.
sound like glow plugs not working. during start up diesel engines need preheat ignition cylinder before fuel can injected and burn if glow plugs not working diesel engine wont fire.do you see glow plug turn on when first start engine.
I wouldn't get them from the bolt store. Usually torque converter bolts have a special head on them. I would find a vintage beetle specialist online and get them from them. You could also buy an assortment of bolts to get the correct thread count and size found and then order torque converter bolts from a parts store. Oreilly's has some of the more standard converter bolts...
There can be a few things to look at, and we should go from easy to spot, to hard to check:
1) Most people have a single carb in these cars, and the air filter is very exposed to the elements. It would be a good idea (and cheap) to change the filter.
2) While you have the filter off, spray some carburator cleaner into the mouth of the carb. Also, remove the needle of the carburator and make sure there is no debris impeding the free movement of the needle. You would be surprised what can get caught up in there...
3) The VW engine has a particular tendency to burn out the #2 spark plug before all others. Most of the time, this will cause the car to crank, but not start, but I have had the experience of it burningout only partially and causing bad performance.
4) Check the rotor cap and the rotor itself. These cars run mostly hot (being air cooled and all) and it is not uncommon for the rotor cap or the rotor itself to fail frequently.
Now to the more expensive stuff:
5) I had a similar problem a few years back on my '73 and it turned out to be a cracked cylinder head.
These engines are some of the best, but they require almost daily attention in hot climates (Like Florida or southern California.
No. VW has made it nearly impossible to solve any key-related problems without a costly visit to the dealership. Battery must be replaced, and I assure you. the dealership will advise you that the ONLY place that you can find that particular battery is from the dealership. They like it that way.