8 years ago 0
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The first thing to do is take the shift coupling access cover off from under the back seat on bugs and Ghias, and under the vehicle on buses and type 3. After you do this, put the vehicle in neutral, grab the coupling with your hand and rotate. It’ll rotate the shift rod (leads to the front of the car) 20 degrees (I’ve never measured it). This is what happens when you move the shift lever (the thing you pull […]

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8 years, 2 months ago 0
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This post has nothing to do with battery or starter related problems. It’s only pertinent to fuel injected buses (mainly, but it in general, is applicable to virtually every single internal combustion reciprocating engine, including all VW’s) with intermittent starting problems where the car starts fine, runs fine, then you turn it off, run into a store or buy gas, come out and it won’t start, but it cranks and cranks and cranks – just won’t start. Then after 30 […]

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8 years, 2 months ago 0
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The key will work.

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8 years, 2 months ago 0
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You’ve  probably read in some manual for VW’s about how to adjust the clutch. It goes something like “Turn the nut on the end of the cable to achieve 10 or 20 millimeters of free movement (play) at the clutch pedal.” WRONG!! The result you’re really trying to achieve is to obtain the smallest possible distance between the release bearing and the clutch pressure plate. When the engine is running, the pressure plate is turning. In a properly adjusted clutch, […]

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8 years, 3 months ago 0
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Apply grease, oil, or anti-seize (dilute a small portion in separate, dedicated container with engine oil or WD-40), dependent on what it is, to everything that moves and a lotta things that don’t  … Every single bolt and nut that has anything to do with the bumper or bumper brackets Clutch cable – including the threaded adjusting  end and definitely the pivot and clip on the front end of a bus cable unless you want that little pin/clip thing to […]

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8 years, 4 months ago 2
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except for a bucket of grease. First of all, realize there’s 4 parts to the “securing system” on a VW  front door – the inside operating lever (the thing you pull to open the door from the inside), the outside operating lever (the outer handle), the lock (the thing the key goes in), and the latch itself, which is inside the front door.  99% of  problems – that’s right, nearly all problems related to door shutting and locking problems are caused by […]

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8 years, 4 months ago 0
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Installing a 4 inch narrower front axle beam on your air-cooled Volkswagen with the springs cut 4 inches shorter to fit … A. Makes the vehicle more stable, corner better, makes it harder to flip over, and it makes fancy wheels fit. B. Makes the vehicle less stable  and it makes your spine tingle when it feels like the vehicle is going to tip over when unaggressivly changing lanes on the freeway at 50 mph (especially in a bus) and it […]

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8 years, 4 months ago 0
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As you probably know, whoever wrote the ring around the center journal description in the Bentley Manual was probably drunk.  The following is from factory literature and is for all type 4 buses and air-cooled Vanagon and very likely applies to the Type 4 sedan and wagon …   No rings next to center journal – hydraulic manual (78-82) 2 rings, one on each side of center journal – hydraulic automatic and probably solid auto given what’s stated in Bentley  (78-82) […]

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8 years, 4 months ago 0
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This only works if the cooler seals leak. If you need to change the cooler, you’re gonna be busy. Cooler seals alone are quick and easy.   Take off the fan. You can now reach in and remove the 3 cooler nuts and their respective washers. Pull the cooler away from the engine. If the seals don’t fall out, reach up from underneath with a piece of coat hangar or welding rod and nudge them loose. For installing, use the […]

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8 years, 4 months ago 0
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  The below photo is of a typical “rebuilt head”. Most rebuilt heads have had new valve seats installed. The problem with having new valve seats installed is they always come loose someday. When I was a kid a few decades ago, my boss in the VW shop said “We don’t use rebuilt heads”. I asked why. He said “Because the seats fall out”. Some things never change. No one knows when and no one knows which one but it […]

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