CENA
Hello, I'am a new owner of a 1973 Super Beetle!  A couple of minor issues.  First off, I get no heat to the windshield.  I did as described in the manual as pulling up on the heat control and keeping the defrost heat lever down.  The car heats up from the rear great!  But I'am not getting heat through the windshield vent.  Also, it has the original radio and speaker.  The radio lights up when turned on, but I have no sound.  Not even a crackle.  Last issue is the windshield washer fluid does not work.  I filled the spare tire with air and still does not work.  Any help is greatly appreciated!!!!!  

P.S.  These cars are great and have such a great history!!!
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Wayne
Welcome to the wonderful world of Super Beetles!

I'd check the cables that control the flaps to make sure that you are directing the heat up to your defroster. Also take a look under the dash to see if all of the plastic duct work is still there.

For the radio, hook up a different speaker to see if that is the problem. Still no sound? Remove and replace or repair your radio.

In order for your windshield washer fluid to work you have to over-inflate the spare tire to 42 psi. Once it gets below that it stops working in order to keep your spare ready to use. 
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CENA
Hello, and thank you for the reply.  Alright, where is everything you mentioned located?  The flaps and cables, etc.  Thank you!  Like I stated, I' am a brand new owner of a beetle and don't know anything about them. 
Thanks for your patience and help!!
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Welcome, first you need some basic reading material...
Volkswagen Super Beetle, Beetle and Karmann Ghia Official Service Manual Type 1: 1970-1979 by Bentley Publishers

How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive 19 Ed: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot by John Muir, Tosh Gregg, and Peter Aschwanden

These will serve you well, and guide you around your new project.

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68autobug

Yes, first You need to know how to switch the heater to the deforost...

although My beetle heats the floor OK but I only have heat to the the drivers side of the windscreen....
there is a plastic pipe that goes down to the floor ...
have a look under the bonnet as many people disconnect them or pull them off etc... Why, I have no idea....??

If You have heat to the rear then the heater is working.....
You just have to find out why nothing at the front...

Best of luck

Lee

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CENA

Thanks everyone!  I do have heat now to the windshield, but only on the left and right sides, not the middle, just cold air.  Where does the heat come from to the middle vent?  I see two rubber tubes underneath the dash, are these the heat tubes for the middle?  Do I get access to them from the trunk?  How do I check them?  Thanks!

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68autobug
 
As My beetle isn't a super I'm not sure how the demister tubes go..
on mine the demister from the LHS vent also goes to the center...
the piece of plastic ducting could be used on either side...
 
Most beetles I see have the heater/demisters disconnected
or taped up or have fell apart...
 
but they can be connected up with no problems...
 
Yes, as someone else said, You will need a workshop manual... or 2..
the Bentley or a Haynes manual are good...
 
You can't have too many different manuals...
 
cheers
 
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GhostDuck
I just recently bought a 74 SB from a friend and am totally loving it!  It's my first bug and a life long dream to own one too! 
Well I just can't figure out for the life of me what the psi of the spare tire has to do with the windshield washer? 
Thanks for the info on the ducting under the dash; heat hasn't been coming out of the driver side windshield heater.

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68autobug
Hi
the windshield washer is operated by compressed air from the spare tire... unless someone has fitted an electric washer pump...
 
originally the spare was pumped up to 42 PSI and when it got down to 18 PSI a valve stopped any further air from the tire..
so You ended up with a spare with 18PSI which is OK for the front but about 10 PSI short for the rear tires...
 
When You operate the washer arm... there is a valve there that lets the water thru....
 
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CENA wrote:

Thanks everyone!  I do have heat now to the windshield, but only on the left and right sides, not the middle, just cold air.  Where does the heat come from to the middle vent?  I see two rubber tubes underneath the dash, are these the heat tubes for the middle?  Do I get access to them from the trunk?  How do I check them?  Thanks!

Look up http://www.oldbeetle.net , click on Illustrated Picture Catalog VW 1302/1303 Superbeetle, scroll down to #72 & #72-10 for your '73 super. I scroll down to #71 for my '72 super. #70 shows how my vents connect, but with a standard beetle airbox shown.  Gut heiss venster luft, beetledon 
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Isabella

I don't have any advice about the psi or windshield washer thingy but I am a lover of VW's. I have a 69 Beetle that purrs like a pussy cat but my daughter drives a 74 Super Beetle that is determined to give me a heart attack!! I have found the guys on this board know their VW's. I would be lost without all the help that everyone here has given me. I am happy to say that the little blue bubble named "Charlotte" is up and running. Thanks Wayne, Steve and everyone else.

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