32fire3

my sons vw has a carb. thats about a year old. a while back it started leaking around the base when he shut it off . my friend says replace the fule shutoff switch on the side of the carb. that took care of it now 2 months later its doing it again dont want a fire think the switch is out again or could it need to be rebuilt already. im sure it dosent have 4000 miles on it need advise thanks.

dave abercrombie
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Friedle

I have learned that our carbs. wear out the bushings on the throttle plate shaft, (mine has not done it...). Check the plug, (round, about the size of a button) on the back of the carb. facing the rear of the car.  I had to put some gas proof sealer around it to stop the leak.  The shut-off valves rarely wear out.  Find a used one if that is the problem.  You could also check the needle valve for the float.  If you replace it, use a Solex with the #72 on it.  Make sure the copper tube that goes into the top of the carb is pushed all-the-way-in.  Any other questions, post, and I'll reply with other work I've done on my carb. 

 

Hope some of this helps.  Llet me know,  Patrick.

'72 Super. Paint-7/20/09, 400+k miles, New engine case "41" Brazil, rebuilt German heads, new Bosch electrics, new Solex German carb. new German silencer. Built by Steve Tims Performance/Enterprises, Riverside CA. '73 OEM airfilter, (Fram elemement), chrome stock wheels, daily driver, 25.46-27.50mpg, driven 20+years.
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32fire3

ill check the plug the carb is almost new i replaced the shut off switch that fixed it for a while he says its not leacking now mayby it just had durt under the needle ill keep an eye on it thanks for the help

dave abercrombie
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