[Vwdiesel] UPDATE: Rabbit electrical problem

Mark LaPlante laplante at mac.com
Tue Apr 12 09:14:25 EDT 2005

Thanks to many responses, both on and off-list, I R&R'ed the ground 
connections yesterday. The connection to the body was rusty, the 
connection to the transmission was greasy and not at all shiny. Although 
I had suggestions to run a new ground wire to a starter bolt and then to 
the body, I decided to take the easier way (for me) and had a local 
battery shop create a new cable to the same locations, but using heavier 
wire (1 gauge to the transmission and 4 gauge to the body).

I charged the battery and restarted the car.

I am not sure if the alternator belt is too loose. If you squeeze it in 
the middle, it will move about a belt thickness on each side. When the 
car is running, you can see that slack moving up and down.

I did not have a chance to take any voltage measurements with the car 
running yet.

I have a lot of things on my plate this week, and another car to drive, 
so I may not be able to post any further updates for several days.

Thanks for all the help!


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