This forum has become my greatest resource for making things happen. I find answers here that even my repair manuals don't cover....
Well, I own a '74 Super Beetle and I am having a Starting problem. Please follow my logic on my problem. If it is flawed, then please correct me and educate me. I'm here to learn.
When I turn my key over to the run position the oil+generator lights come on so I know my connection is good from the battery. When I turn the key to the start position, sometimes it starts and sometimes it just sits there. Sometimes it will even wait up until 5 or so seconds and then start. When it's not starting it isn't making any noise. That's why I believe it's not the starter. When the starter does kick in, it starts up just fine. I can wiggle or push on the ignition switch, and when it does find the magic spot, (Sometimes that magic spot is hard to find) it does kick off.
Because of the above mentioned symptoms, I concluded that something in the electrical part of the ignition switch is loose/bad. I went to change out my ignition switch this past weekend and ran into a snag. I did exactly what the Chilton guide said, pulled the steering wheel, dropped the steering column, pulled the housing, and then it told me to unscrew the retaining bolt + pull out switch. Well, my housing doesn't have a retaining bolt. It is solid metal all the way around the ignition assembly. The switch still wouldn't come out and I tend to strong arm things too much and break them, so I didn't want to pry on it to hard. Is there any way to get this switch out other than pulling the whole steering wheel apart? I was trying to not do this since the Chilton guide makes disassembling everything electrical in the column complex, plus easy to mess up while putting it back together.
Any help in getting my car running reliably would be appreciated.
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