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2001 vw beetle after charging the battery over night it will not

The battery was low because of leaving the lights on, it runs great never a problem but I carged it over night and now with a charged battery it turns over but will not start. It must be a fuse but which on? Thank you

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  • jim9437 Feb 15, 2009

    The battery is fully charged.
    'The battery is only a year old and all the connections are like new.
    There must be a fuse that is out our board to the ignition .
    Thank you for your info.
     Any one else?

  • jim9437 Feb 17, 2009

    Thank you
    Got it fixed



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Try jumpstarting from another car. You probably did not get the battery fully charged before you tried it. Also, check to see if the cables are connected tightly and if they are corroded, clean them before doing anything else. When you jump start, make sure the cables go on the correct terminals at both ends. Make the last connection to the ground on the bug (- wire)

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