I’ve had my 1970 VW fastback (automatic stick-shift with fuel injection) for about 6 months. It’s my city driver to and from my work (about 10 minutes) in Portland. It has a cracked engine case so I monitor the oil (and plan to replace the engine one of these days) but otherwise had run really well. It recently stopped running in the middle of the street. I was going up a hill and was putting a little gas in and the engine just shut down. The lights still worked, the radio as well, the oil was fine, and there was 1/2 tank of gas. However the engine wasn’t turning over. I changed out the batteries (we keep a spare charged battery since the car can’t be jump started) in case that was the problem. It started right away. The battery I removed had about a 50% charge - it’s a new battery and neither the lights nor radio was left on when I parked.
- Is it possible the fastback stopped running because the battery got low?
- If so, is it possible I wasn’t driving it far enough (never more than 10 minutes in the city) or is is more likely an alternator issue?
- Any reference info you’d recommend for the VW T3?
I have a couple books (How to Keep Your VW Running and a repair manual for the VW T3) that I’m looking through but haven’t found the answer.
Thank you so much!