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Volkswagen Golf, Lights, Electrical, Engine
#104 of 178 Re: VW Golf electrical leakage [sdnumde1]
Feb 21, 2007 (8:58 am)
Did A search online found this:
It seems that VW did such a great job of insulating the terminals on 1994-95 Golfs and Jettas (Bosch reman alternators AL0185X, AL0186X, AL0181X, AL0184X) that they inadvertently created some low/dead battery problems on these cars.
In some cases, the eyelet connector of the wiring harness, which connects to the B+ stud of the alternator, had just enough extra insulation applied to it to keep it from making good contact. This, in turn, prevents the alternator from charging properly.
To prevent a return trip to the battery charger, VW suggests that you disconnect the battery ground, remove the eyelet terminal from the alternator B+ stud and remove approximately 6mm of the insulation from the terminal. Then, some die electric gel should be applied to the eyelet before re-attaching to the B+ stud with a torque of 13Nm or 10 ft lbs. Then, reattach the battery ground.
#105 of 178 Re: Indicators stop flashing when brake is applied [bpeebles]
Feb 24, 2007 (5:59 am)
Thanks a lot for your reply. So I found the two grounds connected to the rear tail lights. There was no visible corrosion but I unscrewed them and scrubbed them with sandpaper and tightened everything back up. Then I removed every lightbulb and used the sandpaper on them. All the sockets looked clean. Separately, I checked all the fuses related to the brakelights and indicators. Still having the same problem though as described in message #90.
#106 of 178 Re: Indicators stop flashing when brake is applied [whitenova]
Feb 24, 2007 (1:40 pm)
The problem you describe sounds like what we electrical techs call a "ground loop". Apparently you did not locate the point of poor ground. Dont forget, it may be ANYWHERE in the circuit which controls the lighting.
I Personally, I would be using a DVM (Digital VoltMeter) and have my wife pushing on the brake pedal. Oftentimes, it is FARR easier to just add another ground wire to complete the circuit instead of trying to locate the faulty one.
Have you tried doing your cleaning process to every ground wire you can find under the hood which is screwed to the body?
#107 of 178 Re: 1997 Vw Golf [jdiaz3]
Feb 26, 2007 (12:10 pm)
It doesn't look like there was a response to this yet, so perhaps a bump will result in an answer.. I am also looking for a relay diagram for my 97 Golf. I've scoured the internet with little result and have contacted VW directly for the info. If that should yield anything, I'll post here. In the meantime, if there are any other owners willing to look at their relay layout and post here, that would be greatly appreciated.
#108 of 178 Car will not start, occasionally
Feb 26, 2007 (1:26 pm)
My '96 Golf starts strongly, except once in Dec., and then again 2 days ago. The tow truck guy checked the battery and the alternator and said they were fine. A jump started the car (the first time), as did rocking it (two days ago). Turning the key to start would result either in no lights on the dash or a quick flicker of the lights and then off. I would appreciate any ideas about what to do next. TIA
#109 of 178 Automatic VW Golf 1.8T stalls when i start it up
Feb 28, 2007 (4:31 pm)
I have a VW GOLF 1.8t.. it's an '01.. with about 56,000 miles on it.. and now it seems when ever i start it up, its stalling.. my car is automatic though. Also, my engine light is on, but i got that checked out, and they said it was because i had a head unit put in that wasn't compatible with the car. SO i got that taken out, and had the computer reset in my car, but the engine light is on. any thoughts on that or the stalling?!
#110 of 178 Re: Automatic VW Golf 1.8T stalls when i start it up [ssilva]
Feb 28, 2007 (6:35 pm)
If you are saying that the engine dies immedeatly after starting... that sounds like the IMMOBILIZER kicking in. It thinks the car is stolen or the key is forgery.
I would look into that CEL. It could also be a clue.
#111 of 178 Re: Automatic VW Golf 1.8T stalls when i start it up [bpeebles]
Mar 04, 2007 (5:33 am)
well thanks.. i dont think it's stolen though.. i've had it for a while.. and what's CEL.? sorry i kno basically nothing about car's.. i'm a 17 yr old girl...
#112 of 178 Re: Automatic VW Golf 1.8T stalls when i start it up [ssilva]
Mar 04, 2007 (4:37 pm)
Each of my 2 daughters have VWs. They are the safest small car on the road.
CEL ==> Check Engine Light
I was not suggesting that your car is stolen. It is possible for the IMMOBILIZER to *think* the key is a forgery. The symptoms would be the engine will start and immedeatly shut itself off. Is that not what you are complaining about?
Most often, this kind of problem is related to the ring around the ignition key hole which "senses" the chip in the key.
Dont forget that VW uses a computer-chip imbedded into the key to determine if the key is a forgery.
One way you can prove or disprove that this is a problem with the immonilizer is to try the other 2 keys that came with your car.
*)If the problem does NOT happen with those keys, then your problem must be the key you are using.
*)If the problem DOES happen, then it is likely that the immobilizer is the problem.
As I said before - A scan of the CEL codes can give you more information.
#113 of 178 Re: Automatic VW Golf 1.8T stalls when i start it up [bpeebles]
Mar 05, 2007 (7:15 am)
alright well thank you a lot!