2003 Volkswagen TDI new battery instalation

Tiny
NANCYPECK4
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  • 2003 VOLKSWAGEN TDI
Engine Mechanical problem
2003 Volkswagen TDI 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive 90000 miles

I recently put a new battery in my car.I had'nt used it in about 8 months, after installing it and starting it, I noticed the battery light was on. It had never come on before. Can just sitting without being used cause the alternator to die? Or might it be a belt or just something minor?
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Sunday, May 16th, 2010 AT 10:49 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

If the belt is in good order and tight, this just may be what is called sticky brushes, there are 2 carbon brushes in the alternator that can stick and cause this problem if the alt has not been used for some time, some times a good run can dislodge them, otherwise a mechanic can remove the brush block and clean them manually.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Sunday, May 16th, 2010 AT 11:04 PM

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