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Re: [T3] my puzzler

On 18 Mar 2001, at 18:31, Rob Martin wrote:

> 1. my 69 automatic will not start.  The previous owner had bypassed the
> neutral safety switch so it would start in any gear.  I have looked, but
> cannot find the switch(i have no type3 manuals! boohoo).  Can anyone tell me
> where the switch is?  I want to check the connections there.  I am also
> concerned it might be the starter or solenoid.  The starter definately looks
> quite old.  Is there a way to test the starter?

First you really need a manual. The Bentley manual is by far the best 
one for your 69. The NSS is located on the right hand side of the 
shift mechanism.

> 2.  on my other vw, i am having a problem with the number four cylinder.
> Everything was fine and the car was running smoothly.  I installed a 009
> distributor(it is carberated).  I followed the instructions closely in my
> haynes manual and was careful to put the distributor in correctly(it can
> only be 180 degrees off right?  not off by 90 degrees?)  Since the
> installation of the 009 distributor, the number four cylinder began fouling
> plugs quickly, within say ten miles.  I had been having trouble with the
> carb, so the timing was set too far advanced, and the carb was too rich.
> The carb is now correct, as is the timing, and valves, and everything has
> been tuned.  All of the plugs are still taking on quite a bit of black soot,
> but the number four is chronic and disconnecting the plug wire makes little
> difference although it is sparking strongly.  While double checking valve
> clearance today, both valves for this cylinder moved and the cylinder was
> making a sucking noise, so it sounds like compression must be ok.  I just
> cannot figure out why this cylinder is giving me trouble!!.

If everything is adjusted correctly, but all the plugs are still 
getting sooty, then the carb is still too rich, or the choke is stick 
on. It is likely that this is your only problem and that #4 is just 
the first one to be overwhelmed by this. This is especially likely if 
the compression is okay.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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