Question about 1996 Volkswagen Jetta
It sounds to me like your battery is getting weak and/or is shorted internally. All of the things you mentioned are computer-controlled. Please note that the computers use power even when the key is off and the vehicle is locked up. This is normal. If the computers are not receiving enough power, they can do all kinds of goofy things (Kind-of like people do when they start getting delirious from starvation).
My recommendations are to get the battery tested and replace it if it even HINTS of not being at FULL capacity. Especially if it is more than 4 years old. Please note that a new battery will usually test at 20 to 30 percent ABOVE its rated capacity. Make sure all of your battery connections are clean and tight. Then make sure that your charging system is operating properly so it can maintain the correct battery power.
Posted on May 25, 2011
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