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The d light is flashing on the dash and it is losing power when I take off is it the alternator?

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SOURCE: MY golf loses power, dragging, alternator light

This could be the result of a faulty alternator. I would have it checked at your nearest auto parts store.

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i had a similiar problem on my MK3, which turned out to be a seized alternator, and was quite easy to replace. however it may be something simpler, as the power steering motor is driven of the same wheel as the alternator on the drivers side of the engine, and that might be seized causing both of your problems as neither are being powered. i would check the belts and wheels first then if thier okay start focusing on your alternator.

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