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I have a 1972 VW Beetle. I am new to VWs and am learning as I go. Right off the bat my ignition coil went bad so I changed it and it fired right up. After driving it for a while I drastically lost power. The coil is still good and sending power to the distributor. I am thinking that my plugs have gone bad and need to be changed. It sounds and feels like it wants to start up, but just won't. mobdro.bio/ Lucky Patcher Kodi I also noticed an oil leak coming from below the distributor from some wire connection. I dont know what the wire is connected for :-/

Any information or ideas of where to go from here would be fantastic.

Thank you very much
 

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Don't those old beetle bugs have a condenser and points system. Way back in the days of old you would have to set the gap on the points and then possibly adjust the timing. I have had experience, bad as it was, of putting in a new set of points and condenser only to have the condenser fail.

Might be time to read up on how to do a tune up. Most plugs produce some amount of spark if the points and condenser and coil is all good. Plug wires do go bad and those need replacing occasionally. Interval is much longer than spark plugs. But an old car might just need em.
 

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Check the small connector at the starter that cusser mentioned.
This was an issue on a friends 66 12v system with a new starter.

Sometimes it's the simple things that have you looking everywhere. Only to find that a wire has come loose.


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I have a 1972 VW Beetle. I am new to VWs and am learning as I go. Right off the bat my ignition coil went bad so I changed it and it fired right up. After driving it for a while I drastically lost power. The coil is still good and sending power to the distributor. I am thinking that my plugs have gone bad and need to be changed. It sounds and feels like it wants to start up, but just won't. mobdro.bio/ Lucky Patcher Kodi I also noticed an oil leak coming from below the distributor from some wire connection. I dont know what the wire is connected for :-/

Any information or ideas of where to go from here would be fantastic.

Thank you very much
There is a wire connection fron where the coil recieves power that daisy chains to the carb for the cut off. That needs to have power while the key is on. The oil presure sensor is below the distributor and has 1 wire coming out of it. If it is loose you may see oil. Hope that helps.
 
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