Last post on Dec 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM
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Volkswagen Jetta, Electrical, Sedan
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#295 of 315 Re: Do I need a new battery? [homerkc]
Oct 31, 2012 (2:48 am)
At 6 years old, your battery is on borrowed time. I would replace it. Sometimes cars act strangely when the battery becomes weak. For example, my 2006 Ford Explorer acted as follows: when starting up, the air bag light would stay on (rather than turning off after a few seconds). Once you drove the car a mile or two, if you stopped and then restarted (such as when doing errands), the air bag light would then go off normally. This seemed to act this way every morning, after the car sat idle for 10-12 hours. I thought the air bag was defective, but in checking lots of sources on the internet, I found out that for this car (and other Fords), if the battery was a little weak, apparently the air bag sensor would malfunction. I replaced the battery, and the problem was gone.
You are going to need a new battery anyhow, based on its age, so I would give that a try first, and see if you problems fix themselves.
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#296 of 315 Need help figuring out a problem possibly electrical?
Nov 20, 2012 (5:07 am)
I have a 1997 vw jetta and the alarm has recently gone off. Ever since the alarm went off my radio doesn't work, my low beams don't work and my flashers are always going off. Any ideas please help me!
#297 of 315 Left Turn Signal interferes with Automatic Shift Lock
Feb 06, 2013 (9:07 am)
#298 of 315 Left Turn Signal interferes with Automatic Shift Lock
Dec 11, 2011 (11:20 am)
Just recently after a rain storm my 2003 Jetta 2.0L GL has been acting up. When I switch on the left turn signal, the (ASL) Automatic Shift Lock starts engaging/disengaging with the rhythm of the turn signal indicator. The left tail light flashes normally, but the reverse light glows a little as well. Now, with the left turn signal on and when I press on the brake at the same time, the turn signal indicator flashes faster, along with the ASL solenoid engaging/disengaging at the same rhythm of the faster turn signal indicator and my tail light does some crazy light show with all the bulbs on the left tail light flashing. Note: None of these problems occur with the right turn signal. Also, the same issue occurs when I activate the hazards. So somewhere I have a crossed circuit, but I have no idea where. Is there a particular relay where these two circuits meet that could be malfunctioning? Since it's messing with all the bulbs in the tail light, I'm thinking its a wire connector somewhere that got wet or something of the sort. I have torn apart a small portion of my dashboard underneath the steering column to get to the wiring harness's and other hidden relays. Does anyone possibly have a solution or a place for me to start checking to resolve this issue?
#299 of 315 Re: Left Turn Signal interferes with Automatic Shift Lock [scubaneo13]
Dec 11, 2011 (4:21 pm)
Obviously a bad ground connection somewhere.
If it were my vehicle, I would clean-up EVERY ground connection I could find.
By "clean up" I mean
1) Remove screw holding down the wire-terminator
2) use Dremel-tool to bare the metal where the connection is made
3) Also use Dremel to clean up the termination itself
4) Solder the wire to the termination.
Since I have the shop manual for the 2003 Jetta, I have the advantage of knowing where all the ground-connections are as well as all the electrical schematics. With some studying, I could isolate the problem to the specific connector which is the issue.
#300 of 315 anti-theft/passlock problems???
Feb 05, 2013 (3:17 pm)
i have a1996 chevy cavalier it will not start unless you have the left turn signal on is that part of a anti-theft system or the passlock system??? and is there anyway to bypass or disaable the system???
#302 of 315 no headlights or blower
Mar 18, 2013 (6:25 am)
1997 jetta will start but the headlights and blower motor do not work.
What is the fix?
#303 of 315 97 jetta-bad ground?
Mar 24, 2013 (1:41 pm)
like post #302 my blower motor stopped, low beam headlights are out and dash brake light not fully on but "glows". next day everythings working for a while, then goes out again. cant afford a mechanic. thankyou in advance for any help you can give me.
#304 of 315 Re: 97 jetta-bad ground? [willey3]
Apr 10, 2013 (1:52 pm)
Yes, it could be bad ground and also a number of other reasons.
1. Check if there's loose connection somewhere
2. Check the fuse box
It could be these are individual problems that's unrelated to each other.