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    thomas swartzwelder


    It has been many years since I have worked on a VW.

    Yesterday my car started right up, warmed up for a couple

    of minutes. 15 feet down my driveway it shut off and will

    not restart. Today I had a chance to look it over and this

    is my problem. It will fire and run for 4-5 seconds then

    shut off. Checked for fuel flow and all is well to the

    carburator. I’m sure I’m forgetting something from my old

    beetle days. Any suggestions will be appreciated.




    Two things come to my mind if it’s a fuel issue. First is a float stuck closed in the carb and second is the fuel cutoff solenoid on the bottom of the carb.

    If it’s electrical it could be a number of things.

    Best I can come up with in the short time. Check with the folks at in the beetle, buggy, or engine forums.

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    edward ericson


    Not choked? Choke not stuck?

    Larry Murphy


     Tom, After you start it and it stops running, check to see if you have fire to the coil at the terminal the wire coming from the ign.switch connects   to. The ign. switch may be sending current to the coil when it’s in the start position which would explain why the engine starts but loosing the connection when it is in the run position.

     If you have fire to the coil, remove the big wire from the coil to the center of the distrubuter from the distributer cap and hold it close to a clean ground on the engine ,have someone try to start the car and see if you have a good spark from the end of the coil wire.

     If the above tests show are ok, remove the air cleaner with the engine not running ,pump the accelerator while looking into the top of the carb and see if you have gas being pumped into the throat of the carb.

    Richard Wobby


    I’m guessing float or cut off. pretty easy pull air filter and tap fuel bowl top firmly with the handle of a screwdriver then try to start.

    thomas swartzwelder


    thanks guys, I’ check it out tomorrow ans see what happens

    thomas swartzwelder


    A good thump to the carb. and now running well. Thanks


    Paul Mossberg


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