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72 VW Bug

Post by Derek430VW » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:14 pm

I'm goin friggin nuts here. Jumped in my 72 bug the other day and it started right up for me. Let me say first however it does have a aftermarket (caterpillar) push button in it for the starter. Apparently there was an issue with the ignition so the guy I got the car from put the push start in it. If I turn the key my dash light comes on. The lights work also. The head lights will only come on when its running. It does have a MSD ignition installed also. New starter. I've checked ALL grounds even replaced a couple fittings. Now I turn the key hit the button and nothing. No click or anything. Has a good charged up battery in it also. The only 3 things I can figure it may be is starter button, ignition switch(electric part), or possibly the starter solenoid??? I'm at a loss and very frustrated. Ugh!!!!!!! Help help help PLEASE!!!!! ANY ideas or suggestion are GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!!

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Re: 72 VW Bug

Post by SCOTTRODS » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:24 pm

Best thing to do is start testing for voltage from one place to the next... If the lights come on when you turn on the ignition switch, check and see if the power reaches the "hot side" of the button... if it does, then push the button and test for the power to come out the other contact of the button... if it doesn't go TO the button, then start back ticking to the ignition switch, fuses, relays, wherever the power stops is where you fix things or replace parts that do not work... Simple huh?

If you'd like to start a little closer to the situation... it might be a better place to start at the starter and see if it's getting the power as well... then back up to the switch... then source... just thinking' out loud.
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