What is the fuel reserve valve position for 'Reserve' for a 1957 Bug? Up or to the right?

10

Asked by Jan 15, 2007 at 12:34 PM about the 1957 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

3 Answers

8,455

I think it is in the up position, but I would email Volkswagen directly and ask them.

70

When the lever is in the UP position, the tank will only drain down to the top of the reserve level (this will leave a little over a gallon of gas in reserve). If the lever is in this position and the car starts to sputter (running out of gas), you can move the lever over to RIGHT position with your foot to allow the "Reserve" amount left in the tank to run to the engine. The most important thing to remember is that you MUST return the lever to the UP position after your next fill-up. Otherwise, later - if the engine starts to sputter and you move your foot over to move the lever to the right, you will discover that you have already used up your "Reserve." I know - I did it ONCE.

7 of 7 people found this helpful.

The reserve lever actually moves the valve in the bottom of the gas tank from a taller pipe to a shorter pipe. I know as my short pipe was plugged, so before getting it fixed I learned to calculate the mileage remaining before a refill was needed.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Beetle

Looking for a Used Beetle in your area?

CarGurus has 9,290 nationwide Beetle listings starting at $1,950.

ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,760
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,520
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,290
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used FIAT 500
91 Great Deals out of 5,665 listings starting at $3,400

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
3,685 listings starting at $14,160
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 540 listings starting at $10,994
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
26 Great Deals out of 784 listings starting at $8,999
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
30 Great Deals out of 677 listings starting at $7,600
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
30 Great Deals out of 711 listings starting at $6,950

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.