Question about 1998 Volkswagen Beetle
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?
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.
Posted on Feb 28, 2009
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.
Posted on Feb 13, 2009
A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Mar 08, 2013 | 1999 Volkswagen Beetle
Feb 22, 2011 | 2001 Volkswagen Beetle
Jan 10, 2011 | 2000 Volkswagen Beetle
Nov 06, 2010 | 1998 Volkswagen Beetle
Sep 21, 2009 | 1998 Volkswagen Beetle
Apr 04, 2009 | 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
Jul 29, 2008 | 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
231 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!