Is it possible to manually start a 1973 VW Beetle by crossing the 2 posts on the starter with a screwdriver?

Asked by Apr 26, 2012 at 03:25 AM about the 1973 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Still trying to get my bug running, I know the its getting power because the engine lights come on when the key is turned to start.  Also I would like to know if I take one of the back wheels off, can I get to the starter, and if so, which wheel?

1 Answer

15

It's the solenoid you're looking for and it's located behind the rear passenger tire. Once you find it, you can use a screwdriver (with a plastic grip) to start it but before you do that, put your bug in neutral and apply the emergency brake!! VERY important to remember that.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

  • #1
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    1,770
  • #2
    Chris Billings
    Reputation
    1,540
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,310
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
770 Great Deals out of 42,663 listings starting at $1,300
Used Honda Civic
844 Great Deals out of 78,708 listings starting at $888
Used Volkswagen Golf
85 Great Deals out of 5,258 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Camaro
419 Great Deals out of 31,911 listings starting at $2,395
Used Toyota Corolla
924 Great Deals out of 66,546 listings starting at $1,000
Used Volkswagen Passat
365 Great Deals out of 23,407 listings starting at $999

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
3,204 listings starting at $15,390
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
18 Great Deals out of 453 listings starting at $11,991
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 666 listings starting at $8,500
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
35 Great Deals out of 658 listings starting at $7,500
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
35 Great Deals out of 696 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.