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Models covered: All VW Beetles and Karmann Ghias
Does not include diesel engine information
- Easy-to-follow photos
- Complete troubleshooting section
- Valuable short cuts
- Color spark plug diagnosis
Introduction to the Volkswagen Beetle and Karmann Ghia
The vehicles covered by this manual are very similar in design. Although the Karmann Ghia may appear to be a completely different vehicle, it shares the same basic platform and components.
The horizontally opposed, four-cylinder engine used in these models is equipped with either a carburetor or electronic fuel injection. All models utilize a breaker points-type ignition system.
The engine drives the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual or 3-speed semi-automatic transaxle via independent axles. Early models employ a swing axle-type rear suspension, in which the axles are stressed members of the suspension. Later models use driveaxles, which are used only for the transmission of power to the rear wheels.
Independent suspension, featuring torsion bars, trailing arms, and telescopic shock absorbers is used on the front wheels of most models. Beginning with the 1971 Super Beetle, some models were equipped with a MacPherson strut-type front suspension (all 1975 and later models were equipped with this type of front suspension). Most models use a worm-and-roller type steering gear, with the steering gearbox mounted to the front axle beam. Later models were equipped with a rack-and-pinion style steering gear.
The rear suspension on all models is of a torsion bar design, although there are significant differences between models with swing axles and models with driveaxles (see Chapter 8 for more details). Telescopic shock absorbers are also used at the rear.
All models are equipped with drum brakes on all four wheels, with the exception of later model Karmann Ghias, which were equipped with disc brakes on the front wheels.
Table Of Contents
- Chapter 1: Tune-up and routine maintenance
- Chapter 2: Engine
- Chapter 3: Cooling and heating systems
- Chapter 4: Fuel and exhaust systems
- Chapter 5: Engine electrical systems
- Chapter 6: Emissions control systems
- Chapter 7: Part A: Manual transaxle
- Chapter 7: Part B: Automatic stick shift
- Chapter 8: Clutch and driveline
- Chapter 9: Brakes
- Chapter 10: Suspension and steering systems
- Chapter 11: Body
- Chapter 12: Chassis electrical system
- Wiring diagrams
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