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Beetle 1999 electrical problem

I'm having problems with the headlights not working, directionals not working along with the wipers,heater and blower fan not working. The radio "is" working. The alternator is charging 14 vlts. What do you suggest?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Check the fuses.

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The problem is you're having trouble with your '97X' 12V system which powers all of the things you've mentioned. There are many problems for this particular problem. First and easiest is a bad relay - you can find this relay underneath the dash on the driver side you can straight out replace it or you can test it to see if it is actually the problem (you'll need a multimeter to do this). If that doesn't fix the problem it could either be bad wiring or a bad ignition switch. To check the wiring you'll need a multimeter as well.

I had this problem and had a problem with the ignition switch. I ended up bypassing it altogether and manually turn on the 97X system using my headlight switch - you'll need to know how to solder. If you're interested I'll post a photo of my mod.

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I am not an expert on VW's, but I would start with the fuse box. I would check all the connectors and wiring in the electrical path for corrosion and broken connectors or broken wires starting right at th fuse box. I have also seen lamp sockets failing from age.

After doing the basic checks, see if there is any electronics control box or relay box for the lights.

I would suggest to get the service manual for your car. This will make it much easier to follow through the electrical circuits.


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Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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