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    Default Translation help for my VW Beetle!

    Good Evening everyone,

    I was just wondering if some could be so kind as to translate this for me - It's out of the manual for my Mexican VW Beetle; a warning light has come on and I have no idea what it means!

    The passage:

    la lampara testigo para freno de doble circuito, debera prender con el encendido conectado y apagarse a; arrancar el motor; si llegase a prender al pisar el pedal del feno y apagarse al momento de soltarlo y esto se repitiera tantas veces como se aplicara el freno, es indispensible que uno de los dos circuitos esta fallando; por lo tanto, se requerira de una mayor distancia

    En esta situation, extreme las precauciones de manejo y acuda a la concesionara Autorizada Volkswagen lo antes posible para su vereficacion o reparacion

    Whoo! That was an effort to write - if anyone would be kind enough to give me the gist of the above, i would be extremely grateful!

    James
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    It's a brake light. It should go out when the motor starts. If it's going on when you step on the pedal and going out when you release the pedal, one or maybe both circuits is failing. The manual doesn't tell what the problem is (that's not unusual), but it does tell you to get your butt into a dealer ASAP to have your V-Dubb checked out and/or repaired. It's serious. Don't put it off.

    Is Mexico still making VWs? I was a big fan of "The Thing" (called "Safari" in Spanish). It was a modern version of the WWII Kubbelwagen or Jeep. My only two complaints were that (1) the steering was a bit sensitive and took some time to get used to it, and (2) the threshold was so high that it had a tendency to scrape the mud off your right shoe as you entered, and redeposit the mud on tha back and inner side of your left pant leg as you brought your left leg inside. Complaint (1) just took time. Complaint (2) may not sound serious, but it certainly is if you are around mud.

    VWs here in Costa Rica go for about US$2500, and in Brazil they go for about half that. Often they are in quite good condition. It may have been in August of this year that a VC club put on a show in San Jose. Here the Beetle is called the "Escarabajo" and in Brazil it is called the "Fusca". VWs are quite rare in Costa Rica, but they are often seen in Brazil. There's a Brazilian song (1975) that describes a young man living the good life. He sings "I have a Fusca, a guitar, and a brunette girlfriend called Tereza." Having a VW was considered part of having the perfect life.

    Best of luck!

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    thanks so much for the help! Yes i better go and get that sorted

    My bug cost 3500 (I'm in the uk) and was in vgc when I first got it - Having a beetle is part of a perfect life...until it breaks that is lol

    I think VW mexico stopped building the beetle in about 2004/05 sadly - mine is a '98 edition with the full chrome pack

    a quickie piccy



    once again thanks for the help!

    James

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    How very kind of you to share your car with us. It's beautiful!

    Years ago, my mom's 1969 VW broke down just outside of Tombstone, Arizona. It was towed to a garage in Douglas on the Mexico-USA border. We were told that (at least at that time) cars built in Mexico were different from those manufactured in the USA. A 1969 VW, for example, may have a transmission from 1968, brakes from 1966, and so forth. A 1969 manual, therefore, was not of much help in repairing a 1969.

    I drove a 1965 Bug for five years. Nice little car. It was underpowered for mountain driving (40 HP?) , but you just kept that in mind while in the mountains and stayed in the outside lane. The wing windows could be opened with a pocketknife, wire, etc. You didn't leave anything in the car you didn't want stolen. The wiring in the dash was incredibly easy to get to. The after market goodies were numerous, of course.

    Are you aware that in the USA there probably three magazines devoted to VWs? If you have a contact there, ask for some copies.

    Oh, years ago I ran across a wonderful book with a title of (more or less) The People's Guide to Volkswagen Care and Maintainence. I found it extremely useful and easy to understand. Do yourself a favor and try to find a copy.

    Thanks again for the photo. You have a terrific looking set of wheels.

    Dale

    (And get those brakes checked!)

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