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Having to jump the new battery

I have a 1998 VW Beetle, I have to jump the battery every morning. It's a brand new battery. So why do I have to jump it. Also, it doesn't shift the way it's suppose to. The rpm gage will go all the way up to 4 rpms before it shifts. Then usually I'll let my foot off the gas so it will shift. It is an automatic. Also when I slow down the rpm gage revives itself.

What could be causing the problems?

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  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    I suspect your battery is not charging or you have a current drain overnight from a light left on or some other drain. Connect a voltmeter to the battery. It should read 12 volts with the enigne not running and @ 14 volts with the engine running. If not, have alternator checked.



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Dead battery is probably a current drain. Make sure you have the security code for your radio. Disconnect one battery cable from battery, hook a light between battery and cable. If the light glows bright, you have a serious current drain. (make sure door is closed) Disconnect wire to alternator, see if light is dimmer. This points to bad diode in alternator. Otherwise, you will have to remove each fuse from fuse panel (on left end of dashboard with door open) one at a time until light dims. This shows the circuit with current drain.

This is not easy to solve, but shade-tree mechanic can do it with methodical exploration.

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Have the alternator tested and check out the drive belt and if its been over 40,000 miles it time also check the level of the transmission and if its been a while on that have a transmission service done.

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