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After I leave it for 24 hrs , the car will not start and I have to charge the battery. Some days it does start, other times I may drive it to a destination come back and the car will not start. I took it to a vw mechanic and he thought it was the starter. he changed that but something is still draining the battery.

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If you take your negative wire off batterry make sure you got radio code before you do
when you tip battery connection to battery should not get any spark if everything is switced off
if you are getting spark check see what is drawing power could be something fitted that u do not know about like an old phone system or something like that goodluck

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