1988 VOLKSWAGEN POLO BATTERY/JUMP START/SHORT CIRCUIT PROBL

  • Tiny
  • petereroe
  • 1988 Volkswagen Polo

Electrical problem
1988 Volkswagen Polo 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 100000 miles

I am tryin to get my 1988 VW Polo going. I haven't been able to run it for a year. It has served me very well and I don't won't to scrap it.

The problem is this. Tried starting it - nothing. No surprise, battery was flat. Tried jump starting it - jump leads got hot and there was a small amount of smoke from the engine (to the right of the carburettor). The engine did not turn at all, not a sound from the starter motor.

It seems likely that the battery is dead as it won't charge. If I get a new battery how do I make sure I don't fry that as well? Would it be correct to assume there is a short circuit somewhere?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 AT 8:10 AM

1 Answer

  • Tiny
  • Dave H
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Check the starter motor is not jammed up and try cranking the car over by hand to make sure the engine is not locked up !

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