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JBW wrote at 2008-08-12 11:56:11
THE VW AUTO-STICK SHIFT IS MUCH MALIGNED BY ALL WHO HAVE NO CLUE AND DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW IT OPERATES. THEY ARE TOO LAZY TO DIG INTO IT AND POOR MECHANICS. AS RON SAID, IT IS VERY SIMPLE. INVEST IN A "VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA" REPAIR MANUAL. THE ABSOLUTE BEST EVER REPAIR MANUAL FOR ALL MODELS OF VWS! ALL OTHER REPAIR MANUALS ARE INFERIOR COMPARED TO THIS ONE. WHEN PROPERLY ADJUSTED, THE AUTO-STICK SHIFT WORKS ABSOLUTELY GREAT! THIS TECHNOLOGY WAS FIRST USED BY PORSCHE. YOU CAN NOT OUT SHIFT THE SPEED AND SMOOTHNESS AT WHICH THE CLUTCH OPERATES, WHEN PROPERLY SET UP. THE CLUTCH DISC LAST NEARLY FOREVER! 99.9% OF THE TIME, THE ELEC CONTACTS IN THE BASE OF THE SHIFT STICK NEED CLEANED AND POLISHED. THE RE-ASSY AND ADJUSTMENT OF THESE CONTACTS IS CRITICAL. GET THAT MANUAL THAT FULLY EXPLAINS THE AUTO-STICK SHIFT, WITH PICS AND DIAGRAMS. ONE MORE ITEM, YOUR ENGINE MUST BE IN GOOD RUNNING CONDITION, AS THE SYSTEM OPERATES ON ENGINE VACUUM PRESSURE. YOUR ENGINE NEEDS TO OPERATE SMOOTHLY AND AT PROPER IDLE SPEED. IF YOUR ENGINE IS RUNNING ROUGH, IT WILL AFFECT THE SHIFTING SMOOTHNESS AS WELL! GET THAT MANUAL AND BECOME FAMILIAR WITH ALL THE COMPONENTS THAT CONTROL THE AUTO-STICK SHIFT. CHECK THEM ALL OUT AND YOU WILL BE RIDING SMOOTHLY WITH ONE OF THE DISAPPEARING MARVELS OF TRANSMISSION TECHNOLOGY....PORSCHE WAS NO IDIOT!


DSBrines wrote at 2012-12-16 03:53:27
Had a 1969 beetle with same clutch.  Would not engage.  A friend field-engineered a new contact at base of stick. Worked fine from then on. Wish I still had that bug.


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I am proficient in the following areas of VW Air Cooled Models from 1968-1979: Vehicles: Super Beetle, Beetle, Thing, Karmann Ghia, Bus, Westfalia/Bus Areas of expertise years 1968-1979 Engine Rebuild advice for all air cooled engines VW Brake system replacement Automatic Stickshift transmission VW KOOL and DPD air conditioning systems (ex. thing) Westfalia Electrical system dual battery Westy Refridge Repair Westy Cabinet Repair Westy AFC Fuel Injection system (1975 bugs) (1975 bus/Westys) Soundproofing General type 4 engine rebuild/technical data (i.e. 1.7 ltr, 1.8., 2.0) for buses VW Air Cooled Beetle and Bus Paint codes VW Distributor Compatibility Information Westy component repair Emission Systems Exhaust Systems General Electric System Door rebuild (windows, seals, vent windows) Body Panel Removal and general repair (non-welded) Charging System Convertible top Installation: Beetle CV joints Engine Troubleshooting Valve Train Non areas of expertise: High Performance Modifications Front end related components Rear suspension (spring plate adjustment) Bodywork / painting

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I often contribute to the westfalia users group technical boards. I have been a member for about 4 years. My usermame is 76Heatwagen
I restore vintage Volkswagens and currently own 4 of them.

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