I finally got around to taking out the fuel tank in Wally, my 1974 VW Super Beetle to figure out why my steering was all messed up. Had a big dead spot and crunched when I turned at a stop or slow speed.

Well, it turns out that taking the gas tank out of a Super Beetle is actually less difficult than I expected. 4 bolts, 3 hose clamps, 3 slide on vent hoses, a pulled and plugged fuel line, and a couple of minutes of wiggling and out it came.


From Wally the Superbeetle


From Wally the Superbeetle

The wonky knuckle joint. The white bolt is actually just painted that way as a warning, take this off and steering falls apart. At least that’s what I read. This splined shaft and knuckle joint were loose. All I had to do was crank it down again and all was better.

From Wally the Superbeetle

The Wobble in action:

Now the steering is back to being nice and tight feeling. No crunchies, no slop.