03 beetle with over 98000 miles is having issues with the wiring and fuses atop the battery. serious melting and heat related problems from the ground wire. recently put car in shop for a/c problems and they supposedly replaced the battery fuse panel. when driving the car, it will begin to lose power to the radio, gauges will flash and then lose power steering and total loss of control. car will then not crank back up. i want to fix the source of the problem, not just the visual damage.
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Let me know when you said died it died completely even after the repairs you did the engine is not cranking or it does? have you checked whether any relays are overloaded and blown? Probably the main engine relay is blown. Also check if the starter motor is burnt too,or any earth wire is not well connected ( tight on the chassis with the engine block)
A/C is protected by fuse on battery fuse block under black cover on top of battery.
These 30amp GREEN fuses burn out the holder. Check for burn and melting . Jumper Battery RED to individual small RED wires with another '' in line fuse '' of 30 Amp...obtainable from most car parts stores.
I had this happen to me as well on my 2002 New Beetle GLS. It really sucked at the time because I needed to fill up gas immediately at the time to run errands.
My suggestion to open the gas cover:
1. Open the trunk and look on your bottom right, there should be a access panel cover there where you would also go to change your rear brake light bulb.
2. Once you open the access panel, there should be a wire there with either a red or yellow sticker on it. (I admit, that wire is a bit stingy so give it a good quick and hard pull, but gentle.) Pull that wire and VOILA! Your gas cover should open so that you can start filling up again.
Note: If this doesn't work out for you, it could possibly be that either your cable is not working with the actuator or you need to put a new gas cover switch.
I am not a VW Beetle Guru or anything but it might help a bit in troubleshooting. Good luck!