VW Ignition Switch - Electrical Assembly - 1974-79 Beetle - Super - Thing - Bus - 1980-91 Vanagon

VW Ignition Switch - Electrical Assembly - 1974-79 Beetle - Super - Thing - Bus - 1980-91 Vanagon
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The VW Ignition Switch is a replacement 6 terminal unit for late 1974 through 1977 Standard Beetles (from VIN 1142558022), late 1974 through 1976 Super Beetles (from VIN 1342358022), late 1974 through 1979 Super Beetle Convertibles (from VIN 1542358022), late 1974 Karmann Ghias (from VIN 1442358022), 1974 through 1979 Type 2 Bus Models (from VIN 2*42164060) and late 1974 Things (1842356316). The switch also fits 1980 through 1991 Vanagons and 1986 through 1991 Syncros. The ignition switch installs in the bottom of the steering column lock assembly and is held in place with a very tiny set screw (which is not made new so don't lose it!). The switch is hooked up by plugging in the factory ignition switch subharness, click on the "Tech Tips" tab for more wiring installation information.

California Prop 65 Warning: Cancer and Reproductive Harm
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.
VW Beetle
1974 - 1977
1974 - 1977
VW Super Beetle
1974 - 1976
1974 - 1979
VW Type II (Bus)
1974 - 1979
Single Cab
1974 - 1979
Double Cab
1974 - 1979
VW Vanagon
1980 - 1991
VW Thing
Replacing the Ignition Switch is very simple, especially on the 71 and later model VWs where the Ignition Switch originally has a wiring connector that plugs into the Ignition Switch. If your connector is missing the switch terminals are numbered so not a major issue. You can run individual wires to the appropriate terminal. Their designations are:

1/4" Terminals
30 - Battery Power from the Headlight Switch
15 - Power to the Fuse Box
50 - Power to the Starter
X - Power To the Headlight Switch
1/8" Terminals Not Typically Used
P - Parking Position Power (NOT USED)
S - Ground Wire for Ignition Buzzer (Not typically used)

VW Factory Color Coding:
30 - Red
15 - Black
50 - Black w/Red Stripe
X - Black w/Yellow Stripe at Ignition Switch. Changes to Red w/Black at Headlight Switch harness


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