Where is the oil drain plug on my 1970 bug and how many quarts does it take? Would using synthetic oil in one this old make any sense?

5

Asked by Feb 19, 2012 at 06:58 PM about the 1970 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

How many quarts of oil does a 1970 bug hold.  Where is the drain plug  and would using synthetic oil make any sense?

3 Answers

225

the drain plug is in the middle of the car at the rear on the ribbed underside of the engine case.there is one center plug and 6 smaller nuts in a circle. these nuts allow you to clean the strainer .The capacity of oil is 5.3 pints(2.5 litres)I do not know the benefit of syntetic on this type of engine.I am only the owner of a'71 bug for a few months my engine is being rebuilt.One of the other bug owners might be able to tell us about the synthetic oil in an aircooled motor.I am curious. 9(

4 of 4 people found this helpful.
2,755

Personally I would not use a synthetic oil in this engine as these engines were designed when synthetic oils were not even around. Use a 'decent' 20w50 mineral oil and she will be happy as cheese. Besides these engines are known to 'use' oil aswell as leak a little.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
195

You may not have a center drain plug. You should always remove the entire plate and replace the gasket after inspecting the strainer screen for metal and debris. Synthetic oil is fine, but the first time you put it in the engine, you should run the engine up to normal temperature and then drain out the mixture and refill with synthetic. The engine holds a lot of oil in the cooler and pump that will not drain out.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Beetle

Looking for a Used Beetle in your area?

CarGurus has 9,557 nationwide Beetle listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,660
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,480
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,220
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
474 Great Deals out of 45,735 listings starting at $1,999
Used Toyota Corolla
783 Great Deals out of 73,832 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Camaro
226 Great Deals out of 30,943 listings starting at $1,217
Used FIAT 500
66 Great Deals out of 5,661 listings starting at $3,900

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
3,810 listings starting at $16,135
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 480 listings starting at $11,999
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
38 Great Deals out of 952 listings starting at $9,500
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
19 Great Deals out of 709 listings starting at $7,995
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 731 listings starting at $7,000

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.