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As I understand it, there was a fundamental redesign in the cars from around 2002 onwards. Unfortunately that doesn't help you but I wonder if it is possible to retrofit the later model fuse box. Thank you for the picture, this has cleared things up. The fuse that has melted in your unit is S177 which is wired to the alternator. Apparently as the cable ...


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I had to deal with this problem some years ago on a VW. What I noticed is that the fusible link ran slack, causing the connection to arc and as a result burnt out the plastic housing below. I couldn't get a fuse box so I by passed the burnt area, had a link fabricated and secured it with a bolt and nut.


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Replace the wire between the alternator and the fuse box. It's called the alternator harness, but I haven't found it for sale online. It is just a simple (large) wire with two ring connectors crimped on the ends. It tends to get a break in the wire near the fuse box that then arcs and overheats; this is not a problem with a short otherwise the fuse ...


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I have a 2005 Golf MKIV and it did this also. Lost a/c, fans, overheated. The B+ wire from the alternator to the battery appears to be too small a gauge. I went to a larger gauge wire and replaced the fuse block on top of the battery. It also appears that the contacts for the three green fuses are not to tight fitting. My wife's a/c went out again last week. ...


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An overheated electrical connection has but one cause, resistance to electron flow. Find the cause of this and fix it. The test for this is voltage drop under load. 1) Repair first. Replace all the burned parts with new high quality units, including the wire to the alternator. All bolted connections are to be torqued to specification. Consider ...


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You could possibly get it out, but putting it back in would be nearly impossible. To do it correctly, you should put new bearings throughout (rods & mains). Putting new main bearings in requires checking clearances. You would not be able to do this by having the crank hang on the bearing caps. Since you spun a bearing, the engine block should be ...


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Looking it up on RockAuto.com, it shows for the 2.0l SOHC engine (they do not list an option for a 2.0L DOHC in the Beetle), the catalytic convertor which is offered there is a direct fit for 2001-2005 Beetle and for the 2002-2006 Jetta (as well as the 2001-2005 Golf and some even have it for a Mercedes model ... argh). This would seem to me to mean the cat ...


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Data is not transmitted to the OBD 2 connector port, this is an interface which allows you to plug diagnostic equipment into the wiring loom of the car. You could conceivably remove the port from the loom, i.e. make the port dead, but it would be far easier (and have the same effect) to unplug the device from the port. Interesting side-note, the mileage is ...


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This could be a bad wiper relay, however when I've dealt with intermittent wiper issues it is often the linkage assembly that is the problem, motors tend to work or they don't. Every wiper system I've seen uses the same principe: the linkage transfers the spinning motion of the electric motor into a back and forth motion through some gears to a motor arm, ...


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Normal practice is to replace points, "condenser", rotor and wire , cap is secondary. I used to replace these parts about every 25,000 miles when I had them. That is, you have not replaced 3 of the most important ignition items. I had a 70's VW that would not start when cold because the enrichment or choke injector failed.


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Compressor cycling is caused mostly by low Freon levels or over charged system. Likely possibility is it has been over charged. Recommend taking it to an A/C Certified shop and having the system evacuated, vacuumed and charged to the correct amount.


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There should be a plastic access panel in the boot (or "trunk" if you're in the US) near the rear light cluster behind where the fuel filler door is, pop that off and you should be able to see the cable and you can pull that down and it should release the catch and open the door. Alternatively you can use a credit card to wedge in where the catch is and ...


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This linkage is between the airbox and the engine ontop of the transmission. Turn the linkage one way then the other, then put it in the between the two extremes to find (neutral). Then press down and turn counterclockwise that will be 1st gear. If you want a higher gear from there second is hold down and full clockwise. If you are going to be going ...


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Finding a leak is half the battle. You just need to narrow it down a little bit more. Use mirrors and bright handheld lights to help. Check the hose going from the pump to the radiator. Look for a cut and look that it's on tight. Check the gasket that seals the water pump, see if that's where the leak is actually coming from. Depending how bad the car ...


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These could be seperate issues all together perhaps, the clutch does sound interesting, you might have missed something in the process of changing you're clutch? Also don't forget (I think) about the clutch slave (Not sure if VW beetles have one.. but I'd assume most if not all manual cars do).. Just check it over, making sure that everything is in its ...


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My father has a '73 thing and has gone back and forth between electronic and points. It APPEARS to be electronic. It looks like there is a black box on the back of the dist with a black and red wire coming out. The basic way to tell is to pop of the dist cap, remove the rotor, remove the disc. Underneath you will either see the electronic pickup or ...


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It is as high as it will go. Loosen the jam nuts in the center of both the upper and lower tubes, a total of 4. Loosen the allen screws facing down equal amounts, upper and lower. Once you achieve the right height you want, tighten all the jam nuts. Then realign the vehicle. If the screw on the bottom is close to the ground, measure the amount of screw ...


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This question has been bothering me for a long time, so I did some cross referencing with some performance shock manufacturers. One I found was from KYB. It shows the shock for the front of the 68 Beetle to be PN: 343143 (OE Replacement) and PN: KG4520 (Performance Upgrade). The interesting thing about these two shocks is, it shows the travel for the shock ...


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Looking at the picture you have in the first link, the shaft (#27 in the picture) where the coupler (#40) attaches has a notch in it. Since the shaft is not splined, the notch would serve two purposes: 1) to ensure the steering shaft (red arrow) stays on the notched shaft (#27); 2) to ensure the shaft (red arrow) doesn't turn on the notched shaft (#27). ...


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I suggest using 'Gorilla Glue'. It makes anything stick to anything.


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If the Beetle is the 2l version, then they have the same engine, so you should be good to go. I don't know however if the section of pipe that the cat is in is compatible with the Jetta. These things are pretty cheap, relatively speaking. I would be surprised if they cost more than $100 to $150 (I don't know where in the world you are, but everyone knows how ...


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