Engine stalling, dashboard instruments not working

Tiny
ULRICH07
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  • 1994 AUDI A4
  • 200,000 MILES
My car stalls when idling. If I try to restart it, the key makes a clicking noise, but the engine does not react. If I come back later, it can start again.

The dashboard instruments do not work, but before they stopped working the battery warning light was briefly on.

I assume that the battery is busted, but I was wondering if it could be the alternator instead. Is there any way to tell based on the symptoms?
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Sunday, July 18th, 2021 AT 12:09 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

We will probably need more info in order to diagnose the issue.
For a no start scenario it could be simple as battery, but also can be fuel or ignition related.
I have seen faulty coolant temperature sensor preventing a engine from starting or stalling.
Also crank sensor could be another possibility.

Do you know if your check engine light is on?
If so what are the codes?

https://youtu.be/vMwTzURWXmk

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-fuel-system-pressure-and-regulator

Please let me know little more info.

Thank you,
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Sunday, July 18th, 2021 AT 3:53 PM

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