Volkswagen Air-Cooled 1970-1981 Repair Guide

Adjustments

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FRONT (SECOND) BAND Except 1976-81 Type 2



See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Cross-sectional view of the transaxle unit, showing the front band and drum-the adjusting screw is at the top of the illustration

Tighten the front band adjusting screw to 7 ft. lbs. Then loosen the screw and tighten it to 3.5 ft. lbs. From this position, loosen the screw exactly 1 3 / 4 to 2 turns and tighten the locknut.

1976-81 Type 2

Only the second band is adjustable on this transaxle. The adjuster is located on the passenger side of the transaxle beside the gear selector lever. It is held by a locknut. The transaxle must be horizontal when the band is adjusted or the band could jam. Tighten the adjusting screw to 7 ft. lbs., then loosen it and tighten it to 3.5 ft. lbs. From this position loosen it exactly 2 1 / 2 turns and tighten the locknut.

REAR (FIRST) BAND Except 1976-81 Type 2



See Figure 2

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Fig. Fig. 2: the rear band is positioned in the same manner as the front band, with the adjusting screw at the top

Tighten the rear band adjusting screw to 7 ft. lbs. Then loosen the screw and retighten it to 3.5 ft. lbs. From this position, loosen the screw exactly 3 1 / 4 to 3 1 / 2 turns and tighten the locknut.

KICKDOWN SWITCH Except 1976-81 Type 2 and All Type 4



  1. Disconnect the accelerator cable return spring.
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  3. Move the throttle to the fully open position. Adjust the accelerator cable to give 0.02-0.04 in. clearance between the stop and the end of the throttle valve lever.
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  5. When the accelerator cable is adjusted and the throttle is moved to the fully open position, the kickdown switch should click. The ignition switch must be ON for this test.
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  7. To adjust the switch, loosen the switch securing screws and slide the switch back and forth until the test in Step 3 is satisfied.
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  9. Reconnect the accelerator cable return spring.
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1976-81 Type 2 See Figure 3

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Fig. Fig. 3: 1976-81 Type 2 kickdown cable and related components for the kickdown adjustment

  1. Press the accelerator pedal fully to the floor (kickdown position).
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  3. In this position, the play at the operating lever on the transaxle should be 0.04-0.08 in.
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  5. If not, adjust at the retaining screw on the accelerator pedal.
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Type 4

The Type 4 switch is located in the accelerator pedal pod. On some models it can be adjusted by moving it on its mount. Adjust so that the kickdown solenoid in the transaxle can be heard to click when the accelerator is to the floor.

SHIFT LINKAGE



Make sure the shifting cable is not kinked or bent and that the linkage and cable are properly lubricated.

  1. Move the gear shift lever to the Park position.
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  3. Loosen the clamp which holds the front and rear halves of the shifting rod together. Loosen the clamping bolts on the transaxle lever.
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  5. Press the lever on the transaxle rearward as far as possible. Spring pressure will be felt. The manual valve must be on the stop in the valve body.
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  7. Holding the transaxle lever against its stop, tighten the clamping bolt.
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  9. Holding the rear shifting rod half, push the front half forward to take up any clearance and tighten the clamp bolt.
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  11. Test the shift pattern.
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