My 2001 Passat will not keep a charge after I gave someone a jump. I have replaced the battery. after i get a jump, it will run until I cut it off

Deborah Barksdale Ahmed

Asked by May 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM about the Volkswagen Passat

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

There was ;not problem with starting until I have someone else a jump.  Even after replacing battery, I, now have to get a jump each time after I cut the car off

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you were being nice to someone by giving them the boost but you hooked your car to their car in a bad way. I can't say exactly what you touched to what because I wasn't there; but, that part is in the past and can't be undone. Your charging system isn't working now. isn't there a lite up picture of a battery (or a warning of some kind) on your dash? Get back.

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It can kill your charging system,if your car was not running at the time they cranked there car,if you jump some one,all ways have your car running.Now go price a new alternator.

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sorry chassy,had to say it : )

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so you did - and so did I [ almost did]... :)

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Most probably a diot is blown and running on a open circuit,your alternator doesnt charge,and after all a alternator is not a battery charger and pushes out either 13.8v or 14.2 to keep the battery on 12v

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It is a common mistake- using jumper cables with both engines running- the output on the charging systems on both cars (once the 2nd one fires up) will get into conflict, blowing out diodes in either or both alternators- the juice is meant to only run one way- when jumping (which is dangerous enough in so many ways) just leave the engine in the donor car off- look at it this way: a car starts from a battery, anyway- so just hook it to another, good, battery- this gets complicated when the dead battery is really, really flat- then it needs a little charging, AND a jump to crank and fire a modern, fuel-injected engine- complicated? yes, if you are not a mechanic- so I just recommend on this forum: JUST DON'T JUMP CARS! use the other, safer ways to deal with dead batteries- like, have a AAA card-

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Way to go jamnblues - you just saved whomever reads this from doing a ..."...gets complicated when..."-"....fuel injected engine-complicated" Besides screwing up the car electrically - have you ever been around a battery that EXPLODED?.... that's from Chas an EASOHKer. Call A.A.A. if you don't know 100% what you are doing. And while at that topic (no I don't work for them nor have I ever nor does anybody I know work there) EVERY DRIVER get A.A.A. or C.A.A. it really is worthwhile. It's the only insurance I willingly pay.

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