My 1969 VW Beetle stalls when I come to a stop. It idles and runs fine. Why does it do this?


Asked by Nov 23, 2007 at 11:14 PM about the 1969 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have already changed the fuel filter, plugs, points, cap& rotor, . I set the timing and adjusted the valves. I also sprayed carb. cleaner inside and out of the carb. and added "Lucas" gas treatment to the gas. The idle speed is fine and it runs good as long as I am moving. As soon as I put in the clutch and apply the brakes the car stalls. Sometimes I can catch it and blip the gas pedal to keep it going or as it coasts I pop the cluch and it starts right up. What can I do to solve this porblem?

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only thing i know to try checking on carb,is in middle is a plug,check and see if it is sucking air,spray a little carb cleaner around it.if engine speeds up replace plug.

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It could be that your clutch is starting to go, also. If it's not engaging fully at lower speeds it could be causing your stalling issue.


Yes it was the carb. I replaced it with a rebuilt one and the problem stopped. Also my car runs better now than it ever has since I've had it. Thanks for your help.


hi, i have exactly the same problem although have changed everything including the carby! I have no idea what to do as it is very dangerous to be driving like this as you would know having to wack it into nuetrul in order to break!

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A flaky coil can sometimes cause a similar problem as strange as that sounds.

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It's the carb. Even new ones floods on stopping if the choke isn't perfectly set up..

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