accelerator died while driving

Edward Ballar

Asked by Apr 18, 2016 at 03:33 AM about the 1973 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Was driving and all of a sudden my bug stopped
accelerating then shut off.  Tried starting again
and it wouldnt start. After sitting for a min it
started again and accelerator worked again. Then
further down a block from my house it dies again.  
After a min of sitting, it works again... whats up
with my accelerator?

4 Answers


You need to verify if it is fuel or spark related, but it really sounds like early stage fuel pump failure, Check the fuel tank venting system first, if the tank vent isn't working it won't be able to pump fuel very long, if the venting checks good then replace the fuel pump.

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Best Answer

It is not "the accelerator"- if the accelerator cable broke, it would stay broke- as for the problem you describe, start with a major service on that old beetle- how long has it been?

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Edward Ballar

Thanks everyone for the advice everyone, after further research, I'm gonna try a new fuel pump and see if that fixes it.

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Sean Page

Fuel pump I agree.

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