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2003 New Beetle battery fuse panel melting

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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  • AdrianX Mar 20, 2009

    2002 beetle. I have the same problem. The large ground and the lead wire next to it, in the fuze box are melted. The car wont charge up the battery correctly and it also turns on every dashboard light possible before stalling. The wires that fried may have caused a short in the EPC and screwed it up, thats just a theory. Im going to the dealer on monday to have the computer reset and most likely changing out the fried wires myself since thats a no brainer. Ill let you know if it works.

  • Ryan Ronning Mar 23, 2009

    Same thing, melted the fuse for the colling fan on the panel ontop the battery. Did I mention the car stalled and would not start? Once towed it started after coming off the truck. Grrrrrr!!!!

  • Ryan Ronning Apr 20, 2009

    Well this happened again.... turns out the green fuses on top of the battery are for A/c and the cooling fans in front of the motor. I noticed my cooling fans no longer work when I am at idle, thus causing the car to get too hot and shut itself off. I still don't know why the fans are not working but at least now I know it is a fan issue.

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