66 beetle

Asked by Sep 05, 2016 at 08:36 PM about the 1966 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 66 beetle that was running ok until it didn't
want to start, if I jump start the car it works fine but
as soon as I turn it off its dead, I tried the battery
but it's charged
So I turn the car on and when I take one of the
battery cables it dies, any advise

8 Answers

17,045

The alternator is bad, on older cars if you get it cranked and take the negative battery terminal off it will run if alternator is good and die if its not good.

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17,045

Battery is also on its way to being replaced soon otherwise it would run until drained. and as far as cranking power goes anything under 12.4 is a bad or drained battery it needs to be 12.9

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Thank you very much!!

19,765

Please read this, are you sure that you have a 12 volt system? Maybe someone changed it, this car PRETTY OLD! Here's the article, http://chircoestore.com/tech_articles/?p=98

19,765

I think these cars had generators, unless someone upgraded it?

17,045

Yes a Gen, it still has to produce the voltage needed to run the electrical if the battery can't hold a charge. Same either way.

19,765

Alternators are more efficient, read this article below, http://www.differencebetween.net/object/difference-between- alternator-and-generator/

19,765

They don't use generators in modern cars...

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