engine starting

Asked by Dec 31, 2016 at 01:34 AM about the 1969 Volkswagen Type 2

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I own a 1969 vw bus and just had a new generator
installed. Attempted to also replace voltage
regulator but had to keep the old one on because
the new one did not work right. It was sparking
because it was not grounded right is my guess.
Anyway,  I drove it the other day and everything
was fine. I tried to drive it again and a weird sound
like a lose belt or something in the engine. The
noise did not go away.  I turned the engine off and
when I tried to turn it on, it would not start. It won't
turn over,  you can't hear anything.  The generator
light and oil light come on and that's it. I checked
the headlight and instrument panel and lights
seem to be fine. I tried to jump the battery and still
nothing. Does anyone have an idea of what the
problem might be? I read somewhere that when
change the generator, that you need a new voltage
regulator. Could this be the issue or something

2 Answers


You should always change the regulator with a new generator, and then polarize it. But as far as you cranking problem that sounds like a starter failure or the crank wire came off the starter. I kinda surprised you still running a generator and haven't upgraded to an alternator. I did that on my old VW bus and most of the bugs I had.


that old bug has wiring problems- for sure- get a new regulator too- you say it Didn't work- get a pro to set this thing up-

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