Classic VW Bugs How to fix Beetle Fuel Pump Vapor Lock

Added April 5, 2012 by Chris Vallone

In this short tip I explain how to fix vapor lock coming from your fuel pump.


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27 comments
grease monkey
grease monkey

i  managed to get a new gasket and i cut it out to fit the pump shape will it help me as a temp fix ..just so i can have air tight  and get rid of the vapour lock for now 

grease monkey
grease monkey

guys my bug base spacer for my fuel pump is missing ..do i really need to have that spacer on the pump or can i use her as is ..the problem i amj having is that my bug starts and i even drove her but soon as she stops ..she goes off she cannot idle very long

grease monkey
grease monkey

thanks chris...i am trying to locate a second hand one ..but is there any other way to seal the pump if i can not find one ..i live in south africa so bug parts like this might take sometime to find because i have phoned all the spare shops in my town and they do not have a new one ..

ulyses38
ulyses38

Hey chris do you have a video about how to repair a fuel pump from a 1500cc engine? those pumps that have an rebuild kit 

jac77sha
jac77sha

Hello, my name is Jack. I have a 1965 beetle with a 2180 engine and a Weber 32/36. My problem is i have a high steady flow (Bubbles) in my fuel filter, this happens after i drive it long distances, and continues, after the engine is shut off. It almost looks as if the Fuel is boiling. Whats going on?

classicvwbugs
classicvwbugs moderator

@jac77sha Sounds like she is running hot, all your tins and seals in place in the engine compartment?

JamesSimon1
JamesSimon1

Chris, this is a fantastic resource for someone wanting to replace a fuel pump. My dad always told me that an engine needs four things to run well: air intake, gas, sparks and oil. If the gas pump doesn't work, then there's no combustion and you can just forget about going anywhere.

http://stettlersupply.com/pumps/ 

lucille nicholls
lucille nicholls

This is my 67. This is the day i brought it home. Was chopped in 2012, last summer i had it put back the way it was suppose to be. Much nicer,  rides like a dream now. The steering was horrible not to mention it rode like a rock. Now everything works great.

lucille nicholls
lucille nicholls

glad i revisited this site, (i log in every day!) i have vapour lock. Exactly what my bug is doing, thanxs Chris.

bigdcarrillo
bigdcarrillo

My 1970 bug fuel pump stand was broken up so I tryed using tap to pull it out but it sliped out of my hands and went into motor.I. drained oil and tryed to fish it out with. Magnet now want?,can you help!

bigdcarrillo
bigdcarrillo

Well I figured that was next step ! l'll let you know when i am done

Mike Olin
Mike Olin

Chris, thanks for sharing all your knowledge. Is this test best done with the engine warm or cold? I have this problem withe my 70 Beetle (1600 engine). Thanks Mike 


peter rice
peter rice

Chris, thanx for the video, can you advise me how to what to do if the pump stand snaps off in the block. Im a bit scared to get it out and damage it at the same time. Also I might leave scraps of plastic in the engine. Tanx m8

Robs66
Robs66

Hi Chris, I dont believe this applys to the fuel pump stand problem but I have a 66 bug with a 1600 single port engine. I have a few issues with the engine, first after I take it for short drive and its back at idle the green light comes on, then whem I shut the motor off the engine continues to turn a few times before it shuts off. Also the exhaust has a really strong order like its too rich. I dont want to give up on this car. I would appreciate your input.

nicksbug
nicksbug

Hi Cris, on my 1974 beetle the fuel pump stand was stuck I tried to pry it up and it popped up, but when I took it out the bottom of the stand shaft is still in there how do I get it out, it is stuck fast. I have a new one to replace it. It basicly broke in half rite where the holes are.

super1974goldvw
super1974goldvw

Hello Chris:

My 1600 cc 1974 VW FUEL PUMP STAND is shot tight. Is there a way I can take it off the easy way out?