Question about 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup

1 Answer

I had a bad battery in my pickup and a new alternator. A mechanic told me that my battery basically "fried" my alternator. I've never heard of this before is it possible that this happened??

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Volkswagen Master
  • 22,219 Answers

No you have it back to front the alternator fried the battery ,not the other way around ,

Posted on Dec 29, 2010


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Starter, alternator wiring diagram

Would need to post year make and model for a diagtam. In all probability when the battery got shorted out by the pulley it damaged the voltage regulator inside the alternator. Make sure all your connections are clean and tight.

Aug 09, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

I have a 2000 z28 camaro ls1 5.7 burning out alternators in about 2 or 3 miles could it be a bad pcm

are you getting the right tension on the drive belt ?, are you replaceing the alternator complete with a new regulator ? sorry if these are basic questions but never heard of this in over 30 years as a mechanic, have the OBD codes read as there must be a cause !

Jun 26, 2014 | Chevrolet Camaro Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

My 1996 Nissan Maxima's Alternator

Just because they're new doesn't mean that they work. I would find an auto parts store that does free electrical system checks before spending a dime elsewhere. I've gone through 4 batteries in 3 years because of bad products. And have most recently had to replace a brand new alternator because it, too, was defective.

Aug 07, 2012 | 1996 Nissan Maxima

2 Answers

A few months ago i had to get the water pump replaced, my belt fell off and i was told it it was the tensioner pully, since the water pump and belt were replaced there was a groaning noise then my belt...

for starter i would start using a different shop simply because if they are not ripping you off they are incompentent. but to answer your question about and alternator falling apart i have never heard of it happening. now it is possible that the bearing for the pulley would lock up which it would make a groaning noise before it completely seized up. but normally it would groan for probably a few weeks or more before locking up. in short find a new shop the guys that work at the parts stores like autozone can usually recommend someone good.

Apr 18, 2011 | Buick LeSabre Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Hello there, I have a 1989 GMC Sierra, 6cyl. After about 15 minutes idling after startup, truck bogs out on me and dies. Have replaced the fuel filter, gas lines, battery & alternator, new transmission...

The basics are fuel, timing and igntion. Seeing as you have changed the fuel filter and it runs for quite a while, you should take a look at the igntion system. The most common cause for your type porblem is the coil over-heating and shorting out. This could be caused by leaking plug wires or the coil itself is bad. Another less likely cause is the igntion module an-or the pickup coil.
With the approximate running time being the same, I'm betting the coil is the cause.
Good luck.

Apr 13, 2011 | 1989 GMC Sierra

1 Answer

I have a 2006 s40 2.4i that needs an alternator and battery. I was told that it will get an updated alternator that also would requier an updated ac suction line. Can I still get a factory alternator...

I need a new alternator as well (2006 S40, 2.4ti, 80K miles) and the lowest quote I'm getting is $875. The dealer wants $950, an independent mechanic I trust quoted $930. You would think they could replace the part without all the extra nonsense -- in most other cars, they probably could. Volvo has made it unnecesarily difficult with the way they've designed this car. This is the first and last Volvo I will ever purchase.

The mechanic who quoted $875 also said he has someone in town who could replace the non-working parts of my current alternator and get it working again for about $575. But I wouldn't have a car for 2 full days.

Jul 27, 2010 | 2006 Volvo S40

3 Answers

2000 Ranger, new rebuilt alternator, new battery -

Jump start this truck if possible and do this with a volt meter. While the engine is running connect the red terminal of the volt meter to the negative terminal of the battery. Take the black probe to the volt meter and connect it to the positive terminal of the battery. The reason why is to test the diode if its any good. If you get a reading of voltage the diode is bad and will not let the altenator charge your battery. The diode is made for DC current to run one direction. If runing both ways no charge will be directed to the battery

Mar 23, 2010 | 2000 Ford Ranger SuperCab

2 Answers

1995 nissan pickup new alternator and battery

it is problem with main +ve supply for alternator from battery, fix new wire to alt to batt only for +ve supply and then try ,it will start charging,if it wont charge then problem with instrument cluster, only two could be cause.

Jan 24, 2010 | 1992 Nissan Pickup

Not finding what you are looking for?
1983 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup Logo

Related Topics:

37 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Volkswagen Experts

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22219 Answers


Level 3 Expert

76673 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8531 Answers

Are you a Volkswagen Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides