Mechanics

BATTERY DISCHARGE

1995 Volkswagen Eurovan

Electrical problem
1995 Volkswagen Eurovan 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 90 000 miles

The van was left for 3 months with the battery taken out. On replacement, there was insufficient charge to start the engine, so it was jump started from another vehicle. It was taken on a 20 minute journey but failed to start the next day. The battery was then charged and refitted, but there was little output. A new battery was purchased and fitted, but attempting to start the van seemed to discharge it immediately. The second battery now appears to be unserviceable and seems to be incapable of taking a charge. Can anyone help?
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Tony Mountain
April 23, 2008.



Obviously the first batter was junk, and the new battery is not working either, so it sounds to me like something is draining your battery, or your alternator is not working,
first of all lets check for a drain from your battery: 1. Remove your + battery cable,
2. Take a test light and hook it to the +cable and the other end to the post of your battery, if the test light is on you have a short,
3. Make sure all the doors are closed, and you don't have a light under the hood staying on,
4. It will probably take two people to perform this operation, (only because you are a rookie) have one person look at the test light
5. Remove the fuses one by one, when the test light goes out and found the circuit that is giving you problems.

Dr Loot
Feb 26, 2009.