my question is at crusing speeds is it normal for it to be at or around 3300rpms@70mph...this seems kinda high to me but some people say its normal cause of the gear ratio..some say no that i should have it checked would love to get a real answer. i have also heard that it may not have an overdrive? this would be my first vw but so far i love it but its really making me nervous to drive past 70 any real info would be great
This seems about normal, especially without overdrive. I would not worry about it.
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a vw aircooled engine should never be lugged at a low rpm in the wrong gear, nor should it be over revved ! I would say that 70mph is ok, but 75-80 is pushing your luck. If you must do 70mph all the time, be sure to change your endine oil at 2000 mile intervals and adjust the valves more frequently. your engine will last much longer just by doing these two maintenance points.
3300 rpms steady speed will not hurt your aircooled engine if:.....you change your motor oil every 2000 miles instead of every 3000 miles......and: you adjust your valves at three month intervals...remember this-never lug the engine at low rpms in the wrong gear, and never over rev the engine either....your engine will live a long time if you don't beat the crap out of it....70mph should be fine...75-80 mph is pushing your luck....these engines were never designed for sustained high rpms like modern overhead cam engines are.
Clean The Intake Duct Work From Start To Finish! Check For Leeks!! The Plastik Pipes Crak N Barke N Leek Like Mad And Make The Car Run Poorly!! This Is In Addition To The Very Very Very Important Info Above, CHANGE THAT OIL!! And Use The Corect Oil!!!! 90w gear oil is not good, Use The Right Stuff!
P.S. A Plastic Engine In 1981 Ran For Over One Thousand Hours With Out Melting Or Braking.
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