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My husband has a 03 TDI VW Jetta. His generator light was on a few days ago, we had it checked no major problems. As he was driving home tonight his gears skipped and his abs light came on, if he revs his engine his lights get brighter. Few mins later his airbag light came on and his tape deck spit out the tape. Any ideas what this could be?

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If you run lower voltage these things will happen, check the alternator and the batter connections

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