Volkswagen Tech Tips
the years, we have had to disassemble and fix nearly every part of our
air cooled Volkswagens. Through this we have learned many tips
and tricks which we plan on documenting in this section.
the 'idiot book' for your Volkswagen. If you only get one book
for your VW, this is the one to have. It is entitled: How to
Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for
the Compleat Idiot. Author: John Muir, Published By John
the factory service manual for your Volkswagen. It is by Robert
Bently publications. There is one for each and every air cooled
VW. If you decide that you're going to keep your VW alive
FOREVER then you'll need this. It has in it all kinds of useful
information that many may not need such as tightening torque for your
front beam bolts or dimensions for ensuring that your old Bus is
straight. The latter being an exercise not for the faint of
you are planning on building a Baja Bug or already have one, buy the
book entitled Baja Bugs and Buggies: How to Prepare VW-based Cars
for Off-road Fun and Racing, by Jeff Hibbard, published by HP
Books. After you've got this book, read it, know it, take it to
heart. You'll be miles ahead (literally) for it.
you are planning on using a Weber carburetor or already have one, buy
the book entitled Weber Carburetors, published by HP Books.
A Weber is a great carb but only if you know how to make it
the grease nipples on the link pins (front end) of your bus break off,
REPLACE THEM. It seems to be somewhat common that they get
broken somehow. Regular lubrication of the front beam is vital
to it's health. Not only is it expensive, but also labour
intensive when you find out that the link pin needle bearings are
rust. This is how our '65 came to us. We've also learned
that even with frequent greasing, a new set of link pins can die in
three years, now we've learned that we'll have to partially
dis-assemble the assembly with every lube job - once we've replaced it
Use Synthetic Engine Oil!
Click here to read our thoughts on oils for
your VW engine and transaxle.
cir-clip which holds the rocker-shaft in the fuel pump is the same
size as the cir-clip which locates the windshield wiper shaft assembly
on a pre-'68 Bus (possibly also some early models of Beetle, we don't
know which years). Save those extra cir-clips when your fuel
pump dies! We were recently reminded of the fact that we had
figured this out on our Bus when we stopped to offer assistance to a
stopped Beetle in a rainstorm - his wipers had stopped working
properly headed through the mountains, we've been there!