Volkswagen Air Cooled 1949-1969 Repair Guide

Introduction

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Fig. Fig. 1 For safety reasons, always apply the parking braked and block the wheels which will be left on the ground, prior to raising the vehicle



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Fig. Fig. 2 The factory jack is designed to be used only with the jack fittings (M) on the underside of the vehicle



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Fig. Fig. 3 When working under the vehicle, ALWAYS support it securely on jackstands to prevent severe personal injury or death



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Fig. Fig. 4 This Beetle is shown properly supported on jackstands and secured from rolling with wheel blocks



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Fig. Fig. 5 Position the floor jack under the jacking point (arrow) when lifting the rear of the vehicle



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Fig. Fig. 6 Raise the front of the vehicle by positioning the jack beneath the front axle assembly ...



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Fig. Fig. 7 ... then secure the vehicle in this position with a jackstand

Jacking points are provided at the sides of all models for the standard equipment jack. The jack supplied with the car should never be used for any service operation other than tire changing. NEVER get under the car while it is supported by just a jack. If the jack should slip or tip over, as jacks often do, it would be exceedingly difficult to raise the car again while pinned underneath. Always block the wheels when changing tires.

The service operations in this guide often require that one end or the other, or both, of the car be raised and supported safely. The best arrangement is a grease pit or a vehicle hoist. It is realized that these items are not often found in the home garage, but there are reasonable and safe substitutes. Small hydraulic, screw, or scissors jacks are satisfactory for raising the car. Heavy wooden blocks or adjustable jackstands should be used to support the car while it is being worked on.

Drive-on trestles, or ramps, are a handy and safe way to raise the car. These can be bought or constructed from suitable heavy boards or steel.

When raising the car with a floor, screw or scissors jack, or when supporting the car with jackstands, care should be taken in the placement of this equipment. The front of the car may be supported beneath the axle tube on Type 1 Beetles, all Karmann Ghias, Type 2 models through 1969, and all Type 3 models.

In any case, it is always best to spend a little extra time to make sure that the car is lifted and supported safely.

Concrete blocks are not recommended. They may break if the load is not evenly distributed.

 
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