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Problem with 1999 volkswagen passat replaced alternator and battery started right after replacing alternator then wouldnt replaced battery started only when hooked to battery booster box now will not start at all just makes clicking noise or no sound at all odometer and clock stay on 24/7 is this normal or could this be draining the battery and causing the alternator to not get enough charge any info or help is appreciated?

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This sounds like a classic bad earthing problem.
Would suggest you make sure the earth from the engine to the
chassis is good.
If in dought remove it and clean the point of contact well.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014

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  • Melissa Mar 23, 2014

    Sorry but what do you mean by a bad earthing problem?

  • Melissa Mar 23, 2014

    Sorry but what do you mean by a bad earthing problem? Just dont know what an earth is? Like making sure the earth to the chassis?

  • autojohn Mar 24, 2014

    Sorry Melissa, here in the uk what you call the ground we call the earth.

  • Melissa Mar 24, 2014

    Oh the grounding wire, i see what your saying. Thanks i will do that if not then will check the starter next. Heard clicking noise could be starter maybe. Thanks from the US!



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