1969 vw bug won't start without jumper cables

Asked by Jul 19, 2013 at 06:06 PM about the 1969 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I can not start my bug unless it has jumper cables attached to it. When I turn the key without jumper cables attached all i get is nothin.  I have checked the starter and silanoid both are working, they whir when i connect a screw driver across there terminals. I have checked to make sure nothing was shorting out and it all checked out good there. I have fixed the generator it is all working nice and dandy also, and when i went to get the battery and all that tested it came out with the battery is at 0 even after a full night charge( This is a brand new battery). Also when I try and start it with out cables hooked up it doesn't even kick the starter into gear, but it is not the ignition because the battery was on a full nights charge and still wouldn't start on it's own... Please help I really love this car and I have not had it fully working since I bought it.

2 Answers

2,845

I would firstly check that the battery circuit is complete, that is that the positive lead is supplying battery voltage to the starter solenoid and that the earth is actually connected to the chassis also check that the engine earth strap is connected to the chassis.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
1,415

sounds like you need to look into some battery issues first. 1. If you unhook the battery and charge it, does it start once you hook it up? if not you ll need to have battery tested and I would replace your battery cables. 2. If it does start then you have a drain on the battery when ignition is off and that could take some digging to find it, and that will be a different story - -

Your Answer

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

  • #1
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    1,780
  • #2
    Chris Billings
    Reputation
    1,550
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,360
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
671 Great Deals out of 37,816 listings starting at $895
Used FIAT 500
77 Great Deals out of 6,200 listings starting at $3,535
Used Chevrolet Camaro
401 Great Deals out of 30,675 listings starting at $3,550
Used Toyota Corolla
871 Great Deals out of 56,225 listings starting at $1,488

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 2,450 listings starting at $12,995
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
24 Great Deals out of 422 listings starting at $11,022
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
36 Great Deals out of 602 listings starting at $8,291
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
31 Great Deals out of 638 listings starting at $7,500
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 693 listings starting at $5,995

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.