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Re: [T3] Various Questions

On 12 Nov 2003 at 11:34, Aaron Clow wrote:

> 1) The top wire to my starter keeps coming off as I
> drive and I noticed there's not much slack in the
> wire. I think I should fix the "no slack" issue before
> I try to bend the paddle clips closed... Is this easy
> to do? The seal where the wire comes out from under
> the rear seat looks like it's totally out. No idea
> what happened.

It's quite possible that the problem is due to the fact that the wire is not 
supported where it come thru the body; without the grommet, the wire is free to 
flop around more and that may be all it needs to pull itself loose. I probably 
have some of those grommets from the cars I've scrapped out, but you'd have to 
tell me the diameter of the hole and the wire so I could find the right one.

> 2) When I start the car after driving, a white plume
> of oil-smelling smoke comes out, then I don't see
> anything else, even after idling for a minute (say, at
> a light) and then taking off. I still have the heavy
> oil in the case. Seems I should be having LESS of a
> problem with oil making its way into the combustion
> chamber with this? Maybe my rings never sealed? Engine
> has been running rich (and thus, probably cooler than
> normal) due to my former problems with the FI relay
> and the air pressure sensor. That is fixed now, but
> maybe it's too late?

It's fairly common for oil to pool in the combustion chamber a bit after shut 
down. This burns off right away when you start up and seldom indicates a 
problem. I WOULD get rid of the excessively heavy oil, especially where you 
live, before cold weather hits with a vengance.

> 3) Found my exhaust leak (car was very loud, thought
> it was normal). When I hooked up the heat cables last
> week I noticed the tube from the heater boxes to the
> exhaust had pretty much rusted through on one side. I
> knew it was going, but it went very fast. I know
> there's a replacement part that you hammer in here
> when you hacksaw off the old one, but damned if I
> can't find it anywhere from the parts shops. Haven't
> called them yet though. Is this the best way to fix
> this problem and anyone know where I can get them?

These were common repair parts for beetles, but our heat exchangers are a 
different size. I have never seen type 3 versions for sale. I have made them, 
however. I could make more, but I only have some solid bar stock to turn them 
out of, so that's a fair amount of work. Let me know if you want 1 or 2 and I 
will try to figure out how much they would cost. They should be welded in place 
once you install them. I've always installed them with the muffler out.

> 4) Last question. Winterizing. If I'm not driving for
> the winter, should I put 5Wsomething in the car, cover
> it up with a breathable cover & start it every week or
> so? Fuel stabilizer? any other tips?

Just make sure the tires are up to pressure and park it. Maybe do a fresh oil 
change first, using whatever oil you would plan to use when you get it out in 
the spring. I would remove the battery and not try to start it periodically, 
because in cold weather that is just more likely to leave condensation in the 
engine and exhaust system.  

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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