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1991 volkswagen jetta battery won't hold charge

I have a 91 jetta, 1.8 engine, All started when an alternator belt broke, replaced it twice and then realized it may be the alternator so we replaced it but the battery light came on so we put in a brand new battery and it still won't hold a charge, all connections are secure??? What else could it be?.

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  • John Budzichowski May 11, 2010

    Could have gotten a bad alternator. Why did the alternator belt break in the first place?

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Where did you get your alternator? mine broke a couple weeks ago and the new one from o'rilies was bad off the shelf.. i would take it back off and have whoever you got it from test it..

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most times this occur in the morning when you start. a simple test is to disconnect the battery at night an see of it starts in the morning the battery held its charge and the car is the problem..
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