Friedle

I've usually have done tune-ups (plugs only, have Pertronix ingnition) at 12,000 mile intervals.  Anyone have any other recommedations.  I do oil changes under 3K, valves adjustments around 3k plus.  Fuel filter, and re-usable air filter as needed.  What do you do, and why?

 

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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Wayne

As far as a tuneup goes you're definitely covering all the bases and then some. The VW owners manual suggests changing the oil every 5,000 miles (every 6 months if you don't drive a lot) and doing a brake and valve adjustment every 15,000 miles. You've eliminated the points and condenser, so that's one less thing to worry about and plugs and air filter are wear items and should be replaced as necessary. 

 

We do tend to baby our VWs compared to the factory recommended schedule, but that only shows how much we care about them. I change my oil once a year, adjust the valves and throw in a set of plugs every other year. I use a Pertronix ignition and a washable K&N filter as you do.

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MY72BUG
Let's see:
1. remove and clean spark plugs - always from a cold engine as this allows the alloy head threads to release their grip on the steel plugs
2. adjust the valve gaps recording whether any of the gaps had closed during last year's runs.  You want to know if the gaps are closing by themselves as this indicates that the valves are stretching.  Popped valve heads are all too common and early attention can save an engine.
3. run through the carb adjustment routine
4. add on any bits and pieces purchased over the winter
5. shake-down cruise  ( all in order - good for another summer of cruising )
As it sees only about 1500 miles / year,  I do an oil change and screen cleaning before the car goes into storage.  At the same time, the oil bath air cleaner gets a thorough cleaning and new oil. 
Any other work is done as a reaction to any problems.  Since the car was a four year restoration from 1999-2003 there is not too much required to keep her on the road.    Dan in Goderich

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68autobug

Hi

My beetle did 1250kms in the past year, and its had an oil change and strainer cleaned etc.. timing was checked and found to be still OK..

I have to do My tappets...

 [My engine has only done around 1500kms since being rebuilt 10 years ago]  I also check the dipstick every week..

I must confess i have never done My VW tappets...

I used to get a VW mechanic to do Mine years ago and

[My Son does His when he changes His oil every 1000 miles...]

so, its the next thing I Must do....

I check the air cleaner element every few months, and I oil My carby linkages, door hinges, engine lid bonnet hinges every month...

anything that moves should be lubricated to stop wear...

one drop of oil on each pivot point/shaft on a carburetor can make it last a long long time.... also a drop of oil on the pedal assembly and throttle pivot.... on the wiper shafts...

 

cheers

 

Lee Noonan    68AutoBug    Australia

 

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68autobug

 

the wrong pics came up... sorry...

 

One other thing which again may be an Australian thing again....

Most VW owners in Australia use 98 Octane fuel....

many people say its a good thing to use the Higher Octane fuel....

 

and as most people want the best for their Beetle and type 2s they only use the best...

 

Lee

 

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68autobug

 

I have since read where many Australians do their tappets, at least check them every oil change...

 

Someone mentioned the cost of changing the oil so frequently...

but the reply was " how much is Your engine worth?"

 

so, We keep changing the oil at short intervals...

as usual... and never leave an oil change for 5000 miles....

 

3000 miles maximum and with many [most]  individuals changing at 1000 ,1500 or 2000 miles...

 

with those who really love their beetle...

when the engine oil gets dirty...

 

Lee Noonan - 68AutoBug - Australia -

 

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68autobug

 

Hi,

 

I forgot to mention Dan,

 

that you should be using anti seize on spark plugs...

 

same as You are supposed to do with modern car engines with alloy heads...

 

this will stop the steel spark plugs from binding in the alloy...

 

Lee

 

 

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