My 1977 VW Beetle just stopped in the middle of the road.

Asked by Nov 27, 2014 at 06:58 PM about the 1977 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 1977 VW Beetle just stopped in the middle of the road.  There was a little smoke
and it just lost speed and stopped.  Once we got the car out of the road we noticed a
"rubber" burning smell and cannot pinpoint a source.  We cannot see any visible
problem - no belt problem, no oil run-out, no cable dislocation, etc.  We did have issue
cranking the engine earlier and almost flooded it but managed to get it started and it
ran fine for quite some time before this happened.  Now engine wants to turn over but
will not.  The fuel system on this car was just overhauled with new tank, lines, filter
clean-out, etc.  Any advice on where to look next?

1 Answer

5,175

When you say the engine wants to turn over, do you mean the engine turns over but still won't start? Assuming this car has a carb (My memory is horrible these days), it's possible the float inside the carb has stuck and is not allowing gas to fill the bowl. If you want to try something, use the wood handle end of a hammer or some tool and rap the side of the carb firmly a few times in the area of the fuel bowl, then try to start it. Try it a few times. Over the years I've had that happen to me on my '68 bug and on a Quadrajet carb on a 454.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Whilst driving, my car shuddered and wouldn't accelerate, but today it seems fine? 1 answer

    So yesterday I filled up my tank with gas and drove about 5km up the road to get coffee. Stopped and got out to get a drink then started driving the 5km back. Around the 4th km I was almost home, I ...

    1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GL Hatchback

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 74 vw beetle

    So I bought a 74 vw beetle today. I drove it over to my girlfriends it was driving good. Then when me and he went to leave it wouldn't crank. I let it cool off and then tried again after my 3rd ti...

    1974 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Why wont my 1999 2.0 VW start? 1 answer

    The road was bad and the beetle stopped. I checked the coil, battery, and starter. It won't crank and it backfired.

    1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GL Hatchback

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • flex pipe replacement 2001 beetle 2 answers

    How much should I pay to replace the flex pipe on my beetle? Thanks, Lindsay lerben@gmail.com

    2000 Volkswagen Beetle GL

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • What should a 1972 VW Beetle sell for? 4 answers

    Hi, I recently became interested in purchasing a 1972 VW Beetle that has been sitting out on the road for some time now. It appears to be in pretty good shape, and the owner claims to have recently ...

    1972 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    Shopping & Pricing

Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,630
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,470
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,180
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
368 Great Deals out of 46,982 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Civic
502 Great Deals out of 87,905 listings starting at $1,499
Used Volkswagen Golf
31 Great Deals out of 2,533 listings starting at $1,850
Used Honda Accord
707 Great Deals out of 87,166 listings starting at $699
Used Chevrolet Camaro
150 Great Deals out of 32,901 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota Corolla
665 Great Deals out of 71,908 listings starting at $600
Used Volkswagen Passat
219 Great Deals out of 22,577 listings starting at $900
Used BMW 3 Series
942 Great Deals out of 33,395 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
2,521 listings starting at $15,377
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 494 listings starting at $11,988
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 1,045 listings starting at $9,977
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
24 Great Deals out of 733 listings starting at $7,995
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
26 Great Deals out of 815 listings starting at $7,495