[T3] Why early clocks fail

Greg Merritt gregm at vwtype3.org
Tue Aug 9 11:38:56 PDT 2011

Strange, I don't get this.  What do we believe the momentary initial
contact is doing?

Also, wouldn't the '73 clock be the electronic version, not the
solenoid version?


On Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 8:13 AM, Robert Rogers <rcrogers1 at peoplepc.com> wrote:
> Your connecting technique is correct.  I pulled the clock out of my ’73 Squareback and had it repaired.  When I tested it on the bench by hooking it to a battery, it would initially start and then slowly stop.  The correct method appears to be to initially connect it for a second or two, disconnect it and then reconnect it.

> -----Original Message-----
>>From: Jeremy Menzies <skellzangelz at hotmail.com>
>>Sent: Aug 9, 2011 12:40 PM
>>To: type3 at vwtype3.org
>>Subject: Re: [T3] Why early clocks fail
>>a trick they used to do for the same type of electrically wound mechanical clocks in the Mercedes.  He said to tap the negative terminal just a bit (to make a spark) and then fully push it down onto the post, instead of just putting it straight on.  Reason being that he'd seen it happen where the little clock 'fuse' would blow out when you reconnected it if you didn't release the energy through the spark.

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