The VW rear engine to body seal is used in conjunction with the firewall (part #111-741G) seal to prevent hot air from entering the engine compartment and as such is a crucial part to keeping the air cooled engine cool. It fits in the groove around the rear and sides of the engine and installation requires removing the engine or most of the engine tin. This seal is made in the United States and fits 1967 through 1974 Standard Beetles, 1971 through 1974 Super Beetles, 1967 through 1974 Karmann Ghias and 1973 through 1974 Things. The seal is intentionally made longer than needed and will have to be trimmed down at either end where it meets the firewall seal. Original Part # 111813705D
Our Expert's Take:
Silicone spray lubricant is your best friend when installing a rear engine seal, or really any seal that fits into a metal channel. Silicone helps minimize the friction between the metal and the rubber without hurting the seal material. Keeping the channel and seal lubricated will make the installation process much faster. Straighten out the channel as best you can, remove any old seal material or debris, clean it out, and liberally apply lubricant to save yourself some time and hassle.
Tim is a customer turned employee. He has been with the company for 5 years and has provided technical support to thousands of customers. His first experience with VWs was riding around in his high school friend's 1973 Westfalia camper. Reliable to boot, that bus went everywhere. It's been 15 years since then and in that time he's worked on countless air-cooled VWs, including his own 1961 Beetle.
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Please Note:The information listed below is for stock, unmodified VW's manufactured for sale in the US. VW's are commonly modified and very often parts from another year VW may have been installed on your car. California Pacific JBugs is not responsible for any errors if your car has been modified in any way.
Know your VW Rear Engine Seals
One common mistake we get is customers calling a rear engine seal one name, but referring to another.
We hope to clear up some confusion with this diagram showing location and
side view cut-out's of the seals to help distinguish them apart.
VW Deck-Lid Seal:
P/N# 111-705. Runs around outside perimeter of engine bay. Mounts in channel where your deck lid closes against body. Fits all years.
VW Firewall Seal:
P/N# 111-741G. This seal is hidden behind your engine. Sits between engine and firewall. Used in conjunction with rear-engine seal. Fits all years.
VW Rear Engine Seal, Early Style:
P/N# 111-705A. Works along with firewall seal to keep exhaust heat out of engine bay. Fits Multiple cars.
VW Rear Engine Seal, Late Style:
P/N# 111-705D. Works along with firewall seal to keep exhaust heat out of engine bay. Fits Multiple cars.
Please Note: Engine must be removed prior to installing rear engine & firewall seals.