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FAQ 63

Question: I have a 70 VW Bug that I am using as my very first restoration project. I turn the key and hear a soft click when the two red lights come on. I thought it was the solenoid and starter (which I changed) and then the starter relay and still get the same click...any suggestions?

Answer: That sounds like the ignition switch. When the switch starts to go bad, it doesn't even have a good enough contact to close the solenoid. With my 1973 I need to push the key in all the way, hold the key in and turn.

If that helps the solution is to replace the ignition switch. It's a small part, but requires taking the steering column apart (at least it requires taking the steering column apart on the 1973 with a locking ignition switch).

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