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How do you replace the spring on the external clutch operating arm on a 1969 VW Bug?

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2006-05-28 19:45:05
2006-05-28 19:45:05

First, loosen the clutch cable, and remove the wing nut all the way and pull the cable out of the way. Mark the outside of the arm in case you forget which way it goes back together. Look at the end of the shaft where the arm attaches. There is a small circlip (circular clip with 2 small holes). Spray it down with WD40 or equivalent and let it soak a few. Remove the circlip...you will need some circlip pliars specially designed to remove and install the clip. Then, the arm should slide out, off of the shaft. Some prying might be needed to get it started...just be careful not to force anything. The old, and probably broken, spring will come off now. Reassemble. The arm is splined so that it only goes on one way. Take a good look so that you see how the splines work and how to get it back together. Rememer which side is the outside? Hook the 'hook' part of the spring around the arm and slide the arm and spring back on the shaft. The spring is correct as long as the hook part of the spring wraps around and contacts the part of the arm closest to the front of the vehicle. As you start sliding the arm onto the shaft, you will see that the straight part of the spring end needs to be popped up onto the shelf near the front of the vehicle...giving it it's springing action. This can be a little tricky, but not too bad. Once you have the spring seated correctly, the arm will slide all the way back on. It is all the way in as long as the groove that the circlip fits into is visible. Finally, replace the circlip and readjust the clutch. Don't tighten the cluth too much, or it will ride your throughout bearing and wear your cluch prematurely. There should be just a tad of slop in the pedal before you feel the clutch start to engage. And last thing...be really careful if you are jacking up your vehicle and working under it. Always work on a flat and hard surface. Always use jack stands and block the front wheels. Have fun and be safe.

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