Volkswagen Air-Cooled 1970-1981 Repair Guide

Voltage Regulator

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GENERAL INFORMATION



Many 1974 and all later Type 1 VWs with alternators are equipped with integral circuit regulators mounted on the alternators. On all other models, the regulator is mounted separately. Some early model regulators do not have a ground wire; all replacement regulators do. When installing a replacement regulator on an early model vehicle without a ground wire, be sure to attach the ground wire that comes with the replacement regulator.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




CAUTION
Interchanging the connections on the regulator will destroy the regulator and generator.

Types 1 and 3

The regulator is located under the rear seat on the left side. It is secured to the frame by two screws. Take careful note of the wiring connections before removing the wiring from the regulator. Disconnect the battery before removing the regulator.

Type 2 and Model 14 (Karmann Ghia)

Disconnect the battery. The regulator is located in the engine compartment and is secured in place by two screws. Take careful note of the wiring connections before removing the wiring from the regulator.

Type 4

Turn the engine OFF. Disconnect the battery. Make careful note of the wiring connections. The regulator is located near the air cleaner and is mounted either on the air cleaner or on the firewall. It is secured by two screws.

VOLTAGE ADJUSTMENT



Volkswagen voltage regulators are sealed and cannot be adjusted. A malfunctioning regulator must be replaced as a unit.

 
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