The Volkswagen Beetle was first produced in 1938. While the Karmann Ghia was marketed from 1955 to 1974 by Volkswagen as a 2+2 coupe and as a  convertible. volkswagen beetle karmann ghia electrical systemThe vehicles covered by this article are very similar in design. Although Karmann Ghia may appear to be a completely different vehicle, both cars share the same basic platform and components.

The following article is part of the service manual for Volkswagen Beetle and Karmann Ghia 1954 – 1979 model years. In this article you will find detail description, illustration and explanation about the engine and troubleshooting also wiring diagram and circuit/schematics of both Volkswagen Beetle and Karmann Ghia. The engine include all ignition, charging and starting components.

The Volkswagen Beetles through model year 1966 were built with six-volt electrical systems; 1967 and later models have 12-volt system. And beginning in June 1971, they were equipped with a special wiring harness that connect to the VW Computer Analysis System used by the Volkswagen Dealers. This article covers following topics: removal and installation, Battery cables check and replacement, Battery maintenance/removal and installation, Charging system check and description, Distributor removal and installation, Generator, Ignition , Ignition timing check and adjustment, Spark plug replacement, wire, rotor check and replacement, Starter motor, Starter solenoid, Starting system and Voltage regulator.

Find more information about Volkswagen Beetle and Karmann Ghia Engine Troubleshooting here on page 116 – 131. (source:, Other you may interest

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