i have a beetle but i checked the plugs,altenotor and it stil wont start what els can be the problem that it wount start?


Asked by Mar 20, 2015 at 06:16 AM about the 1973 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i have a 1973 beetle it stood for a year i drove with it for about 3weeks then it died and the points burned got new points but car stil wont start and if it starts it dies after about 10 sec then shoots out blue smoke out of exhaust and carburetor what can be the problem? any help will be appreciated

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Condenser is new with the points? sounds like you need to go see the vw guys who can refresh everything after a long standstill. the dry seals or things that needed lube and to be turned or rolled over once every few months and the neglected stuff that was before. Or you can get the compleat manual for it.


A complete tune would include base engine tests, maybe carb refresh, or they may do valve seals and adjust, as well as your ignition parts filters and adjustments. A reasonable diagnosis should rise to the surface during those procedures and a time saver plan like that should get you some piece of mind so you would not be afraid to drive it and have it towed home several times.

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