A few months ago my beetle ('71) started having all sorts of issues. The main ones being with what I think is caused by the carburetor. Most have been minor adjustments and then the car would be fine for a while. Last night my car was driving fine, then this morning it was shutting off everytime I would slow down, and when I would push on the gas again it would hesitate. I've had this problem a few times, it's been "fixed" by either adjusting the timing or changing the fuel filter (which gets dirty pretty quick). But this isn't the case this time, both are fine. Any suggestions as to what I should be looking at this time?
-Also, while I'm driving, if I let off the gas and push back on it it hesitates, but this is all the time. It backfires occasionally.
you should never have to adjust the timing if it was done correctly...
your problem with the hesitating after giving it gas sounds like an issue
with the accelerator pump in the carb....I assume that you have a 34 PICT 3
carb.....JC Whitney will sell you a carb rebuild kit for $16 that will include a
new pump diaphragm, along with new gaskets that should cure your problem
Not only rebuild the carburetor, replace the idle cutoff sloenoid and learn where and how the accelerator pump shot can be adjusted. The idle cutoff solenoid is the round thingy on the left side of the carburetor with a wire connecting to # 15 (positive) on the coil. The accelerator pump shot can be adjusted by loosening the 8mm bolt on the lower right side of the carburetor and moving the linkage up to lessen or down to enrich the shot.