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#83 of 178 VW Golf electrical leakage
Dec 28, 2006 (7:54 am)
Hi my 1994 Golf 3 has a problem that the battery goes flat after about 4 days if the car is not driven.
Its had a new battery and alternator and after a bit of work with an ammeter I discovered that with the car parked and everything switched off 32 mA is being drawn somewhere. I checked all the circuits which are protected by fuses and apart from the radio which was drawing about 1.5 mA there was nothing yet an ammeter connected betweeen the battery +ve and the small red wire (not the starter cable) shown this 32 mA current drain.
Does anyone have any idea where to look for the component (s) causing this current leakage? Many thanks.
#84 of 178 Re: VW Golf electrical leakage [sdnumde1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 28, 2006 (9:51 am)
Well you could keep the ammeter connected and pull the fuses one by one (remembering your radio codes I hope if you have one of those anti-theft radios)...if the ammeter drops after pulling one fuse, at least you know which circuit to look at.
#85 of 178 Golf 3 Alarm / Central Locking
Dec 30, 2006 (3:57 am)
Further to a previous post about an electrical leakage problem on a Golf Mk 3 (1994) I have tracked down the cause of the power leakage to the central lockin g / alarm system.
If I remove the fuse from the interior lights etc, the current drain almost stops (just leaves 10mA for the clock and the radio) but then the alarm and the central locking dont work anymore. Is there a way I can isolate the alarm system and leave the central locking operational as I suspect the alarm is causing the power drain. (If I open a door then the power usage doubles even with the interior lights off).
#86 of 178 Re: Golf 3 Alarm / Central Locking [sdnumde1]
Dec 30, 2006 (6:39 am)
The answer is obviously "yes" ...Depending on how comfortable you are with electronics.
You have done very well isolating the problem to a specific fuse. At this point you would need to have the schematic diagrams to determine what you can do next.
Of course... it is possible to actually FIX the problem with the schematic diagrams and some basic electronic troubleshooting skills.
I wonder if you can locate a connector for the wires feeding each door.... (Perhaps behind the plastic facia on the inside of each door.) You may be able to unplug each of these to isolate each door from the circuit. (Dont forget that the trunk and the hood may be part of the alarm circuit too)
#87 of 178 Re: Problem with the fist start of the day [guayo]
Dec 30, 2006 (6:52 am)
I've had a similiar problem with my 2003 Golf. (The warranty just expired as well...) Suddenly, on mornings, cold mornings, it will not turn over or even crank. But, it will start up later in the afternoon, just fine. I took it to the dealership and they couldn't find anything wrong with it. They kept it over night, said they ran diagnostics on it, and found no problem, they cleaned the battery and did something with the "LLs?". Charged me $125 for it. I got the car back and the following morning, no start. Same problem. Car refuses to start in the morning. This sounds like it's a common problem with this car apparently from this forum and others i have found. I'm making a list of possible causes and bringing it into the dealership. I feel let down by VW. I really love my car, but it's pretty useless to me if i can't rely on it to start in the mornings.
#88 of 178 Re: Problem with the fist start of the day [cellardoor]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 30, 2006 (8:53 am)
Hmmm...possibly a bad starter relay...or, less likely, a battery that hasn't really been "load tested". Batteries, especially weak ones, will lose an enormous percentage of their power if they are exposed to zero or below temperatures, but can operate fairly normally once warmed up.
You could try a jump start when your car doesn't start cold. If it kicks right off, there you go---battery.
#89 of 178 Re: Problem with the fist start of the day [cellardoor]
Dec 30, 2006 (9:40 am)
I agree with mr_shiftright - you should not blame the vehicle until the battery has been certified. I wonder when you last equilized your battery? (make sure all cells have same charge in them)
Most auto-parts sellers will perfom a free battery load-test. The "Advance Auto" near me puts the battery into a special computerized unit which charges - checks - verifies and loadtests the battery. (A very exhaustive testing process that takes about 20 minutes)
HINT: If it turns out that you need to replace your battery. I suggest that you opt for the battery which goes into the DIESEL Gulf. It will fit right into your Gulf and provide better starting power.
#90 of 178 Indicators stop flashing when brake is applied
Jan 28, 2007 (10:29 am)
I have a '94 Golf. The turning indicators work fine until I hit the brake pedal. When the brake is applied, the front and rear indicators stop flashing. When I take my foot off the brake, they start flashing again.
But actually the above is only true during the daytime when the headlights are off. At night, when I indicate a left or right turn, the hazard lights come on but they flash very slowly. This is true even when I am not applying the brakes.
Does anyone have any ideas?
#91 of 178 Re: Indicators stop flashing when brake is applied [whitenova]
Jan 28, 2007 (5:00 pm)
Sounds like some bad grounds in the circuit.
#92 of 178 Key Problem HELP!!!
Jan 29, 2007 (12:45 pm)
help i have a golf mark3 1996 model and when i turn my key in the door it turns but doesnt open the door it went on the passenger side first then the driver side went next. Has anyone had this problem or know how to solve this problem i would be very much grateful