1964 Volkswagen Beetle

Tiny
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1964 Volkswagen Beetle

checking a coil and wiring of a coil need help
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Monday, July 27th, 2009 AT 4:34 PM

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Tiny
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HI there,
With the ignition on you should have 12V at the the coil Pos(+) terminal, the neg(-) terminal goes to the points, you want about.012"points gap this should be enough to start with a good spark.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Monday, July 27th, 2009 AT 6:35 PM
Tiny
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The 1964 Beetle had a 6 Volt Positive Ground Electrical System so I am going to assume that it has not been changed. The wire from the distribitor should go to the (-) side of the coil. The wire from the switch should go to the (+) side of the coil. To check the wiring, connect a volt meter or test light from the switch wire (the one that should go to the (+) side of the coil) to ground with the switch on. You should read 6 volts. If not, there may be a break between the coil and the switch. To get the car running temporarily, connect distributor wire to the (-) side of the coil. Then connect a jumper from the (+) side of the coil to the (+) side of the battery. If the car starts then but will not when the switch is hooked up, then yo have a problem between the coil, the switch and the battery. Remember on a 6 volt system, GOOD CLEAN ground connections are VERY IMPORTANT. Check all of the grounding wires and make sure that they connections are clean and tight. Good luck!
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 AT 5:10 PM

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