Can someone please tell me why my battery want charge

Asked by Mar 03, 2014 at 10:30 AM about the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just bought a new battery an new
alternator...

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You should always check the simple things first. Look for a bad battery cable or other electrical connection at the alternator. Also look for corrosion or glazing around the connections. The inside of a post battery cable can actually become glazed over enough to prevent voltage flow. The inner cable connections should be cleaned with a wire cable cleaning tool. I know that older beetles had voltage regulators I them, but I not sure about the new models.

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Also check that your alternator is charging correctly. If it is a remanufactured one, the percentage is high that it might be faulty right out of the box.

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