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#284 of 315 GGET RID OF MY VW OR CONTINUE TO FIX THE PROBLEM?
Jul 27, 2012 (5:43 pm)
Own a 2004 VW Jetta GLS. 115K. Began having electrical problems in December 2010. Tick tick sound coming from steering wheel column sometimes when using turn signal. Drained battery and had to get a new battery. 1 year later had to get another new battery. Took the car to many mechanics for inspections and to try to fix the problem....$1000 later still ongoing. On my 3rd battery since February 2012 and died few weeks ago. Got a replacement battery under warranty. Started car today and died on me again. ABS and Air bag light came on. Radio won't turn on. Car won't start at all. Doors lock and unlock with remote though.
Keep fixing the car or get a new one? Car has been so good to me for years until this started. I don't drive it hard either. I take very good care of my car. So frustrating!
#285 of 315 Re: GGET RID OF MY VW OR CONTINUE TO FIX THE PROBLEM? [brownbearie]
Jul 29, 2012 (3:37 am)
With all the drained / new batteries, obviously there is a short or bare wire that is constantly putting a drain on the battery. The constant drain and then charge (when you drive) wears out the battery. Looks like the mechanics are not finding the source of the short. Perhaps it's time to try the dealer, as they are usually better equipped to find such things than the local mechanic. There may even be a service bulletin on this problem that the dealer would have access to, and perhaps not the local mechanic.
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#286 of 315 Re: GGET RID OF MY VW OR CONTINUE TO FIX THE PROBLEM? [brownbearie]
Jul 29, 2012 (5:05 pm)
I suppose you know there were 2 recalls for "drained batteriy"... in both cases, the brakelignt switch on the brake-pedal would sometimes stick in the "on" position... hence the brakelights would stay on all the time and drain the battery.
If your problem was this, you could look at the brakelights when the vehicle is parked to see if they are on.
If that is NOT your case, simply MEASURE the drain on the battery with a meter as you yank out one fuse at a time.... this will quickly isolate problem-circuit.
Aug 15, 2012 (12:44 am)
My sister just bought a 2000 Jetta and her emergency lights and door locks start going crazy when shes driving. I checked the fuses and changed the ones that were blown but none of them seem to have helped to fix the problem. Any idea on what it could possibly be.
#288 of 315 Heat/AC electrical issue
Aug 23, 2012 (7:35 pm)
I have a 1997 Jetta GL that is doing some strange stuff. I can't get the air (heat or AC) to work without turning the headlights on. No air comes out of the vents at all. Once I turn on the headlights, it starts up. The backlights on the AC, recirculation, lock, etc. buttons on the dash only light up intermittently when I have the headlights on. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. My high beams also don't work unless I hold the lever back. But doing that also causes the air to stop working. Ideas?
#290 of 315 2002 Vw Bora 1.6 16v stereo problem
Sep 17, 2012 (6:15 am)
Hi all, my stereo light has been on now for a couple of years, its never been a problem as the car was used mostly daily, but haven't used the car much lately, was left standing for 2 months, and it totally killed the battery. I've replaced the battery a couple of weeks ago with a not very old one from a breakers yard but now this one has drained also to the point the car won't start. I've only been out in it twice in that time and had it running in the garden a couple more times, so I wouldn't have expected the alternator to keep it charged if something is draining the battery while its turned off.
Does anyone know how to get the light on the stereo to turn off as it could be a cause of the battery drain?
Thanks in advance.
#291 of 315 Doors won't lock, mirros won't work
Sep 19, 2012 (3:05 am)
I have a 2000 jetta and there are several problems. My doors won't lock with the remote or door switch, the electric mirrors won't adjust, my gas lid won't unlatch, and my remote won't roll the windows up when the car is off. How can I fix this?
#292 of 315 Re: 2005 New Jetta electrical problems [bobbi141]
Oct 25, 2012 (6:39 pm)
I have all the above problems with the driver side door and those mentioned by other posters as well. Has anyone found a solution?
#293 of 315 Re: Doors won't lock, mirros won't work [pwilli]
Oct 26, 2012 (4:21 pm)
I am *certain* that your remote control never rolled the windows. With a 2000 VW you have to plug the key in the drivers-door to roll the windows up or down. (and close the sunroof)
As for your other complaints regarding the door, the problem is most likely with the 3 micro-switches inside the door mounted on a circuit-board.
Your choices are 3
1) Live with it the way it is
2) Fix it yourself using the photo-filled, step-by-step instructions found on the internet. (The individual uSwitches are about $5 each)
3) Pay a dealer to fix it.