I have a 1973 Beetle and my battery keeps dying

50

Asked by Jul 10, 2013 at 06:57 PM about the Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

9 Answers

99,235

How To Perform a Parasitic Draw Test - EricTheCarGuy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF1gijj03_0

4 of 4 people found this helpful.
22,725

check your alternator

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
50

I have purchase two new alternators and a new battery and it is still doing the same thing. I notice that while the car is idling the charge indicator light comes on but as soon as I accelerate the gas it goes off.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
22,725

Long, long ago, when I was young, there were VW mechanics on every block- and these men would have dropped their wrenches if a RAVISHING lady had pulled up in front of their shop in a Beetle- where have those days of romance gone- maybe they are still here? somewhere

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
50

I think those days are long gone because I am having trouble finding anyone who can repair this particular vehicle.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
22,725

who put the alternator on? are you doing the work? OK- we have a new alternator and battery- and the battery is not getting a charge OR not keeping a charge- let's look at some potential issues- It has to be the right alternator for your car- if it is, the only thing left in your charging system is the voltage regulator- it has to be regulatin' just right- you have to have an old fashioned tester to tell what it's puttin' out- my brain is tellin' me they can be adjusted- can this be right? god it's been a long time since I worked on the air cooled beasts- anyway, you could always buy a new voltage regulator, if it's the original one, it prob'ly needs it- but it may not solve your problem- I hate guessin' but replacing the regulator is just another step in the restoration of your car- and THAT is what you're doin' with a cool car that old

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
50

Ok thanks I will try replacing the voltage regulator. I have a very good friend who has been helping me.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
22,725

ok- I made a mistake- an external voltage regulator was used with the cars that had GENERATORS- on cars with alternators, the voltage regulator is inside the alternator housing- an integral part of the alt.- that should demonstrate how old I am- I worked on Beetles with generators- man, the years just pass on by- forgive me- but the best answer may be to check all your grounds- where the electrical components attach to the body- ESPECIALLY the main battery ground- follow that big black wire off the battery and make sure that attachment to the body is clean- scrape it with a file if you have to- then check to see if the battery is losing power while the car is parked- that's the DRAW TEST mentioned in the very first answer- some of these gurus are pretty smart

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
20,835

check for slipping drive belt. that's all!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Beetle

Looking for a Used Beetle in your area?

CarGurus has 9,168 nationwide Beetle listings starting at $1,950.

ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,760
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,530
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,300
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used MINI Cooper
256 Great Deals out of 9,147 listings starting at $1,522
Used Volkswagen Jetta
541 Great Deals out of 43,961 listings starting at $800
Used Jeep Wrangler
283 Great Deals out of 15,778 listings starting at $3,795
Used Ford Mustang
689 Great Deals out of 44,320 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Civic
844 Great Deals out of 83,684 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda Accord
1,057 Great Deals out of 66,823 listings starting at $1,000
Used FIAT 500
88 Great Deals out of 5,664 listings starting at $3,400
Used Volkswagen Golf
69 Great Deals out of 4,863 listings starting at $1,950
Used Volkswagen Passat
504 Great Deals out of 24,882 listings starting at $999
Used Chevrolet Camaro
375 Great Deals out of 31,274 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota Corolla
956 Great Deals out of 68,723 listings starting at $1,800
Used Volkswagen GTI
107 Great Deals out of 8,420 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota Camry
1,207 Great Deals out of 82,541 listings starting at $750
Used Ford Focus
832 Great Deals out of 53,825 listings starting at $1,495
Used Volkswagen Eos
27 Great Deals out of 682 listings starting at $3,499

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.