Question about 2000 Volkswagen Beetle
As far as the speedometer and gauges not working...a fuse may have blown when the battery was disconnected and re-connected causing those things not to operate. The oil light might be flashing because the oil change indication was re-set when the battery was disconnected and re-connected or because of the fuse being burned out for the gauges. So I would find the fuse box for the vehicle and pull the fuses and inspect if any are blown before taking it to the dealership. The fuses should be clear and the little metal line inside should not be broken. There will be a diagram inside the cover showing you what fuses are for what part of the car. Look for the gauges fuse and the wiper fuse & check them. You might get lucky just find a couple of fuses blown and replace them to fix the problem. There are usually some spare fuses located in the fuse case. Now disconnecting the battery may have disabled the key code security so you could start the car and it is possible that the gauges/wipers not working and the oil light blinking could be because you are using a non-coded key to start the car & will stop when you use the coded key. Now I suggest you verify that the fuses are all ok but that might be as far as you can go. If all the fuses are good then it will be up to the dealership to fix the problem. Now there will be a fuse box under the dash but there can also be an additional on under the hood. The one under the hood will contain relays and possibly fuses. Electrical issues can be difficult and expensive to fix. Hopefully the dealership is honest and does not try and rip you off. If they give you an outrageous amount to fix the problem I would get a second opinon and if another dealership or mechanic says the same thing then that is what it probably is. If you take it to get a second opinon do not tell that mechanic what the dealership found or quoted you. It sounds like to me just disconnecting and re-connecting the battery should not have done any damage. I would think it is a fuse, relay or simply re-setting the car's computer(the dealer would hook it up to a handheld computer to do this). Good luck and post with more comments if you have any more questions.
Posted on Sep 27, 2009
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