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Post by Fine 53 on Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:42 pm

I've been finishing up my 53 split and have a couple of things I can't figure out.
I can't get it to shift into first and second gear.
My generator light doesn't come on when I turn the key on,the oil light does
Turn signal indicator light doesn't come on.
Any suggestions?
Thanks, Bill

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Post by vw57drvr on Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:14 pm

Do you have the lockout plate installed correctly under the shifter? Is it a stock transmission? The generator light works directly from the regulator. Maybe the points inside are stuck. Does it actually charge while its running? I assume you are running semaphores? There is a wire from each semaphore going to the same bulb in the dash. The other side of the semaphore runs to the turn signal switch. Do you have this diagram?
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/wiring/bug_todec53.jpg
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Post by Fine 53 on Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:35 pm

Thanks for the reply. I've looked at the shift plate and am pretty sure it's in there right from the photos I've seen. I tend to think that it might be the hockey stick. The tyranny was the only part of the whole car that I farmed out. I restored every nut and bolt on it. Zwitters are a little different on the wiring. I would like to find an excellent competent shop if there's any that can be recommended.
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Post by Fine 53 on Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:39 pm

I do have that diagram. I changed the electrical to 12 v and put the regulator under the back seat. Checked the wire from it to the right. It could be a regulator issue. I'll check it. Thanks.

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Post by vw57drvr on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:36 pm

If you have a later tranny in there with a bus nosecone, those are a pain to get right. I had to use a bolt at the connector so I could loosen it and move it. Once I finally found where it would go in all gears, I drilled a divet in the hockey stick and used the stock bolt.
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