warmed up my car in cold weather, but it stalled & won't start up again

Asked by Dec 01, 2014 at 03:05 PM about the 1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDi Turbodiesel

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

hi all, I have a '98 VW Jetta TDI. I've had no problem with it. Engine light is on, garage says it's a glow light error. I live in Vancouver & it's just recently gotten a bit cold ( -5) so my hubby started my car up for me to warm it up & defrost the windshield before putting the kids in it to head out for the morning. But, when I got in & went to take the e-brake off, it stalled & now it won't start. The Battery is dead! Hubby says the "trunk open" light was on, but that's not possible, it was shut. Any ideas what it could be?

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check your alternator if the battery died while it was running you most likely are having voltage issues. Your dash should have a volt dumby light. the next time you start it watch that. if it drops any where past 13.4 volts (middle betwen 12-14 volts) the alternator is not charging correctly. regular voltage levels are 14.2 volts and 13.5 at idle. and not any where bellow 13 Volts on a load

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