[A4] Help! Charging system woes

James Hanson james0hanson at gmail.com
Sun Dec 17 15:13:10 EST 2006

Measured voltage at alternator terminal is 10v.  Not charging...
replacement alternator (remanufactured Bosch) bad, or other issue?


On 12/17/06, james0hanson at gmail.com <james0hanson at gmail.com> wrote:
> When it stops charging, it is almost as if the alternator were turned off.
> Sometimes, it will suddenly click on and voltage goes back up to 14.   Could
> it still be the battery?
> Thanks,
> Jim (typing on tiny cell phone keyboard)
> Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Nicholas Stock" <nickstock at gmail.com>
> Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2006 09:39:43
> To:james0hanson at gmail.com
> Cc:a4 at audifans.com
> Subject: Re: [A4] Help! Charging system woes
> James, it sounds like your Battery is dead and not the alternator. The
> batteries only last about 4-5 years so it sounds like yours is due for
> replacement...it's an easy thing to do yourself too..
> HTH,
> Nick
> On 12/17/06, james0hanson at gmail.com: <mailto:james0hanson at gmail.com>
> <james0hanson at gmail.com: <mailto:james0hanson at gmail.com> > wrote: Hello
> folks!
> I'm having a bit of trouble with my 2001 1.8.
>   Last week, it would intermittently cease to charge the battery.  Usually
> happened if I got on the gas and the rpms went up quickly.  On my way to the
> shop, it stopped charging completely and I had to be towed to the shop. Did
> not go to my usual shop due to the distance.  $900 later I had a new
> alternator, and all was well.
> Last night, with no warning, it stopped charging again!  I was forced to
> abandon it at a friend's house 30 miles from home.  I've driven
> approximately 100 miles on the new alternator.
> To further complicate things, the power is out in most of the Seattle area,
> so I can't get on the web to research, and many auto stores are closed,
> including the Audi dealer.
> Does anyone have any suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Jim
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