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Volkswagen Beetle Electrical & Lighting Problems

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  • HELP!!!!!!

    Ok, for starters, I have a 2004 VW Beetle GLS 1.8 turbo...

    It all appeared to start out as my a/c going out. It was still blowing, just not cold. So my dear husband figures he'd add some freon to see if that fixed the problem. Needless to say, that didn't fix the problem.

    So of course, being that he's a man and loves to dismantle things to see how they work, he proceeds to check my fuses. He notices one of the 3 fuses under the hood seems to be shorted out. It had even left a small burnt spot and appeared to have melted a tiny part of the rubber around it.

    After installing a new fuse, all hell breaks loose! Not only do I still not have cold a/c, I now have indicator lights coming on that have never came on before (EPC and BRAKE lights), I lost the temperature side of my time/temperature display near the sunroof, my cruise control no longer works and the most irritating part is my car is now making a constant low fuel dinging noise when I get above 5 mph (that's the one that's slightly longer than the seatbelt ding).

    I've only had this bug a little over a year and am quite unhappy at the trouble it's caused me so far. It seems that I'm replacing either a headlight or a tail light once or twice a month. I'm almost at my wits end and hope someone can shed some light on what's possesing my car.
  • 03 beetle having serious electrical problems causing the engine,
    power steering to stall while driving. Other symptoms include the brake lights to remain illuminated, sunroof to stay open after switching to close position, very dim headlamps, door lock features are faulty, no radio, and the worst condition of this is the fuses mounted on top of the "new" battery are brittle along with the ground cable completely gone.
  • Did you ever get the fuse issues solved? I just lost a/c, and now sometimes the car won't start till I pop the hood and mess with the hot wire on the battery. I'm worried symptoms are getting worse. can any one help?
  • raujrauj Posts: 2
    Buy a # 4 gauge cable, 2 terminal, crimp the cable put a insulation and replace the cable what run to the battery fuse and alternator. or buy a original cable (is spensive) ;)
  • My wife's '04 Beetle needed a replacement right headlight assembly a year ago ($280). She then needed the lamp replaced 3 or 4 times. I took the assembly apart and found the low-beam socket is almost burnt to a crisp. Does anyone know if there's a place to buy just the socket (Z1 lamp I think)? I wonder if there may be some kind of switch problem that causes the low beam to constantly burn out--since it's on it's second assembly. In any event, I really would like to just find a socket to splice in. Any ideas?
  • I have no warning tones for: keys left in ignition, lights still on, low fuel. Now my brights will not work but that may be a different problem. This 1999 Beetle has had lighting problems from day one. What controls the warning tones?
  • TURN SIGNAL'S AND HAZARD LIGHTS NOT WORKING, CHECKED FUSE'S. FUSES ARE GOOD...MIGHT BE THE FLASHER RELAY BUT CAN'T FIND OUT WHERE IT IS LOCATED I HAVE A 1999 VW BEETLE
  • TURN SIGNAL'S AND HAZARD LIGHTS NOT WORKING, CHECKED FUSE'S. FUSES ARE GOOD...MIGHT BE THE FLASHER RELAY BUT CAN'T FIND OUT WHERE IT IS LOCATED I HAVE A 1999 VW BEETLE CAN ANYONE HELP?
  • OPENIING THE HOOD, PULL UP RELEASE LEVER AT THE BACK OF THE HEADLIGHT HOUSING, THE HEADLIGHT SLIDES IN AND OUT OF THE BODY IN TRACKS...(COMES OUT THE FRONT OF THE CAR) PULL,THE HEADLIGHT HOUSING FAR ENOUGH FORWARD TO DISCONNECT THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS, THEN SLIDE THE HEADLIGHT HOUSING ALL THE WAY OUT.
    REMOVE RETAINING CLIP TO REMOVE OLD BULB FROM THE HOLDER...
    REVERSE PROCEDURE FOR INSTALLING.
  • We have 2000 Beetle with about 50,000 miles on it. If the car is not driven at least every other day the battery looses charge. Anyone have any ideas for me.
  • Could someone please give me some directions on how to change the headlights on my buggie! I found some excellent directions for another year, but they didn't work for mine! Please, please help! I really don't want to have to take it to the dealer to get this done! Also, the wonderful guy at NAPA couldn't even tell me which headlights that I needed to buy. I want the brightest ones around! :shades:

    Thanks,
    Lore from MS
  • If a battery loses a charge within such a short period of time it most likely is one of two problems:

    1. Battery is old and near the end of its useful life. If it is about 4-5 years old, you may want to consider getting a new battery.

    2. A short somewhere in the car, whereby the battery is being drained when the car is not running. This could be almost anything.

    Best bet is to take this to a shop such as Pep Boys or Sears or somewhere that sells batteries and have them check the electrical system. They will tell you if the battery is old and not holding a charge properly. They can also look for a drain on the battery, if that is happening when parked.

    Good luck.

    BelAIrCarGuy
  • John had same problem 99 NB; had a recall on it too. Turns out to be a short in tail light assembly. Sure enough found burned bulbs in driver side tail light but only after going through two batteries. Even with the recall VW would not refund the cost of batteries claiming electrical was not covered! Check those bulbs for hot burn spots. Hope that helps
  • I just experienced the dash lights and gauge blackout that I’ve read about on other forums. I’ve been told that the coolant overflow reservoir can leak onto the electrical harness and cause shorting. Well I can believe it now! Lost all lights tach and speedometer and all engine failure lights came on. Lucky I didn’t get all the warning sounds or I would have gone nuts.
    Anybody had this happen or heard of it?
    Also been told to drill a small hole in reservoir bulb to allow this overflow to travel elsewhere.
    Any thoughts friends?
  • UPDATE: I blew out the ALT on the trip home from work. No head lights, dash lights, tach, speedometer, radio, horn and all indicator lights on. Repaired @ $850. All A-ok now.
  • where do the wires go from the positive side and the negative side of the coil ? I just purchased this for a project car and the wiring was all disconnected. I know the ign wire goes to positive side of coil but what wires go to the negative side????
  • I HAVE A 2000 BEETLE AND I HAVE REPLACED THE ALTERNATOR TWICE IN TWO MONTHS. THE FIRST TIME IT WASN'T RECHARGING THE BATTERY I REPLACED IT. THE SECOND ALTERNATOR WAS OVER CHARGING THE BATTERY. THE ALTERNATOR THAT I REPLACED IT WITH IS NOT CHARGING AT ALL. SO I FIGURE IT'S SOMETHING ELSE. CAN ANYONE HELP ME WITH THIS PROBLEM.
  • I have a 99 bug, and when i lock it, 9 times out of 10, i cant unlock it. The door will unlock, but the standard security system wont shut off, so when i put the key in the ignition the alarm goes off, i mean, there have been days that i just cant drive my car because the feature wont shut off. Someone suggested I get my battery checked, i did, and its fine. its annoying as hell! fix it! :cry:
  • swineswine Posts: 2
    have you replaced the batteries in the key?

    I have similar problem: mangled switch in key sender drained key's battery.
    Now replaced battery and disabled alarm, but car still won't start.
  • I have a 2002 vw beetle and my fog lights stopped working recently. I tried replacing the bulbs but they are still not working. I also tried the fuse and fuse is good. The switch inside the car also shows that they are on when i turn the switch to turn them on but they are not working. Has this happened to anyone else? Does anyone know what could be wrong? :confuse:
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