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99 beetle just replaced battery and alternator. Immediately got ABS light and ABS motor that wont shut off. Is this an electrical problem does something need to be reset? Mechanic who did alternator is stumped and is looking into it furthur, but I need back up

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  • gumby_22_200 Sep 06, 2009

    any suggestions on how to do that? will taking out the abs fuse help?

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CHECK THE ABS RELAY IF STUCK CLOSE IT WILL KEEP ABS LIGHT AND MOTOR RUNNING.

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Looks like you have a few issues there.

1. The battery warning. This is indicative of a weak battery and if your battery is 3 years old or more I would replace it.

2. If you have a weak battery this can trigger other warning lights in the vehicle, typically the ABS warning but sometimes other warning lights as well depending on the electronic features in the car. If you replace the battery this should correct the battery warning and most likely the ABS warning if both of these warnings appeared at the same time.
Normally, once the ABS warning is displayed the anti lock braking system(ABS) will be shut down. Whilst your braking will be normal, if you brake too hard and lock up your wheels on a slippery road there is no ABS assist to prevent the brake lock up which you have when the system is working.

3. If the alternator on the engine is not generating sufficient power and thus not charging the battery at all, or very little, you will likely get a battery warning light. I don't know if your 1999 vehicle has a warning light to indicate a faulty alternator or not.

4. Check Engine Light.
You suggested the CE warning has been showing up for a few days and before the battery and ABS warnings popped up.
The CE warning can be caused by dozens of different engine issues.
The vehicle needs to be scanned with the appropriate scan tool to see what fault codes the onboard computer is generating because if you have a CE warning light there will be fault codes generated 99% of the time.

Once these fault codes have been pulled the mechanic can start to diagnose the cause of the problem or problems. Each engine fault code your car's computer is generating can be caused by different types of problems so it is important that they diagnose the issues correctly. Otherwise your Check Engine light will remain on as long as the causes are not identified and fixed.

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any/either illuminated?
Never been a fan of removing cable for test, always relied on test equipment...
Do you have access to a volt meter?

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My 99 vw beetle keeps making beeping sounds at random and constantly for no apperent reason and the abs light also appears or stays on for extended amounts of time (not related to the random beeping) any...


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I have a 2000 VW Beetle. My ABS light has been on for a while and last night my brake light and battery light beeped a few times then kept blinking. They finally shut off then about a couple of hours later...


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The best idea is to access the ABS ECU (Electronic Control Unit) using diagnostic equipment (VAS, VAG-Com, or similar) connected to the data link connector of the car, in order to pull out all DTC's (Diagnostic Trouble Code) memored. Then you will be able to replace bad piece(s) and fix the problem by erasing all DTC's stocked inside ABS ECU & reset it.
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Just replaced the battery and starter in my Beetle two days ago. This morning i go to drive it and the battery light comes on and so does the ABS light. Then it dies. What is wrong with it??


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If you turn the key in the ignition forward, like you are going to turn it on, but not far enough to turn the engine over, that light should be on at a constant. with it turning itself off upon starting.
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