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V6 4Motion Flat battery and dash light problems

Hi, My golf had a recon alternator fitted at the start of the year and hasn't been right since. Some mornings it wont even turn over just click, its like it has a drain on the battery somewhere but there are other faults also; the battery light on the dash doesn't work, air temp goes up and down like a yo yo, ABS lights stay on, lambda light comes on, the red text display in the centre of the dash goes dim and brighter all the time...
Someone please help coz i know if it has to go to a garage it'll end up at a very expensive auto electrician and having a 5month old baby i really cant afford it.
Thanks, Dean

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  • Anonymous Aug 09, 2008

    hi, i have the same get up in the morning and it just clicks instead of starting up or the battery is completley flat. i went to an auto electrian who told me i had a 4amp drain from the alternator when the car was turned off. i have bought a new alternator and awaiting it being put on but need help with ....i dont know the best way to get the old one off...can any one help.

  • paul s clark May 19, 2009

    I also seem to have the same problem.

    My car can't be left for no more than 1-2 weeks without use.

    The battery has been replaced 4 times, and all the diagnostic equipment implies no more than the battery is no good.

    All other sympoms are the same as above.



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Hi Dean,
With regard to the alternator, you could check that the battery terminals and earthing straps are all tight and free of corrosion, which might mean removing them to see.

As for the other problems there are 1002 things that could be wrong and the first step is to get the fault codes read, either by a properly equipped VW mechanic or you can do it yourself with a £15 interface cable, a laptop computer, free VAG diagnostic software. Plus a willingness to learn!

One thought about the red text on the dash - check your manual to se what that means - it might mean "don't drive me because it will cause serious damage".

Hope this helps a bit. If so, a rating would be appreciated. If it doesn't help please "add a comment" instead and tell me more.

Thanks, D.

Posted on Jul 04, 2008


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