Volkswagen jetta battery problem

Asked by Feb 17, 2016 at 11:56 PM about the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS VR6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hello, i am using volkswagen jetta 2001, recently
my car was stopped after getting battery indicator
turns red on the display, so i have changed
immediately after my mechanic told to do so with a
cost of 179$, but still its not starting now and
mechanic was telling that to change alternate
battery also, do we need to change for sure? Was
that the problem actually ? How much does it cost?
Please reply me as soon as possible

2 Answers

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Battery indicator is usually a sign of a charging problem, not the battery. So if your battery is being discharged, then it can be the alternator or the wiring. Have it looked at by your mechanic or another garage so you just don't replace parts you don't need. Hard to check the alternator yourself If the car won't start. Have the car jumped started from a friend and measure the voltage on the battery once it is started. Should read 13.8V or more. IF not, then it's your alternator.

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Tom is correct When the battery light usually comes on it indicates a recharge issue. and fyi the dealership will exchange your battery for 125$ so you got hosed there. I would find a good VW/audi specialist shop in your area and have them put a new alternator in your car. Replacement of a alternator in a vw can be a very complex thing since you have to put the car in service mode to do it properly. I am willing to bet the core has probly expanded or the brushes have worn out of your old alternator as thats what happened to my old 98 audi before i had to replace it. Finding a cheap alternator is going to be a trick tho you can take a chance with a scrap yard part for like 75-125$ or go refurbished which will cost roughly 300$ or brand new from vw for about 600$ Im not sure if the vw has a voltage meter on the dash but it should read betwe4n 13.4-14.5 volts at all times

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