Mechanics

VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE CONDENSER PROBLEM

1974 Volkswagen Beetle • 150,000 miles

Hello, I was driving my beetle down the hwy at 60 mph and it just cut off. It turns over but is getting absolutly no fire. It is not a gas problem as I am getting gas. I replaced the coil, points, condenser, distibutor cap. I am getting 12 volts to the coil but I am not getting a spark AT ALL from the coil to dist. I am completly stumped. I have replaced the high voltage wire as well to the distibutor. Can anyone help?
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Mkimbrell
December 30, 2012.




You only have 1 wire attached to the coil at this time? The power wire. And the test light on the negative side of the coil?

Take a close-up picture of the ignition coil with wiring attached.

I'm on the west coast and can go for a while longer. If it's getting late for you, we can continue tomorrow.

Thomas


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Exovcds
Dec 31, 2012.
HOLD ON MY MAN. I think we are making some head way! The light DOES come on when I took off the condenser wire and just apply the light to the negative end of the coil. Does that mean the condensor wire is bad? It is a new condenser! But it may have burned up when my brother hooked it up backwards.


Tiny
Mkimbrell
Dec 31, 2012.
Yes. If the points are open but the light is OUT when the condenser is attached, then the condenser is shorted.

Good find!


Tiny
Exovcds
Dec 31, 2012.
Well right now, I don't have ANY wires attached to the negative side of the coil NOT even the condensor wire. The light comes on like this when I test it. However, when I plug the condenser wire up to the negative sid eof the coil and use the test light, the light will NOT come on. EVER. Does this mean I need a new condenser?


Tiny
Mkimbrell
Dec 31, 2012.
Remove the distributor cap and rotate the engine by hand. You need to see the points open and close as you rotate the engine.

If the light stays OFF while the points are OPEN, then yes, plug your old condenser in and give it a try.

Thomas


Tiny
Exovcds
Dec 31, 2012.
Take a picture of the distributor with the Rotor OFF. Close-up of distributor.


Tiny
Exovcds
Dec 31, 2012.
I am going to call it a night. Sorry for taking so long to get back but I rushed to town real quick before the parts placed closed and bought another condeser real quick. I got home, installed it and it does the same thing which is, I can't get the test light to shine at all on the negative coil while the condenser wire is on the coil. If I take it off, it shines bright? I attached the picture you requested. Maybe we can take it up tomorrow. Thanks again for ALL your time. You hav ebeen helpful.


Tiny
Mkimbrell
Dec 31, 2012.
The little bare wire is broken. Don't worry about that for now.

The points are currently closed. Do they actually open?

Will pick it up tomorrow!

Thomas
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Tiny
Exovcds
Dec 31, 2012.
I'll be at work tomorrow. We have a '68 Beetle there. I'll record some video and will post
it on my Youtube Channel when I get home.

Do the same test again: - leave the condenser attached to coil neg, but disconnect the points from the condensor pin
- key on
- light should light-up
- if not, then the voltage is grounding out through the condenser

I'll do the same and will post my findings.

Once you / we find where the voltage is grounding out, you / we will find the cause of
the "no spark" issue.

Thomas


Tiny
Exovcds
Dec 31, 2012.
Good morning Thomas. I know it is still early on your side of the country. I will be jumping on this thing around noon here. Thanks again for your help. I was wondering why you take the time to help us flunkies like myself? I know it takes alot of your time. I will run the test that you stated in your last post and let you know around noon.


Tiny
Mkimbrell
Dec 31, 2012.

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