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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old May 19th, 2011, 06:05   #1
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I put an 80Ah Gel Cell battery in my 2002 Jetta and it started and ran great. Drove it around a bunch and then I parked it and it hasn't moved for a couple days. When I went to get something out of it last night it was totally dead.... as in no odometer... no electric locks... no trunk opening.... nothing. So I jumped it with the Passat and drove it for about 30min last night and I came out this morning and it was totally dead again. In order for an 80Ah battery to go dead in 2 days it must have been drawing almost 2A continuous for 2 days. Once I jumped it everything was working and there weren't any lights on or anything.

Anyone have any ideas what to check?
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Old May 19th, 2011, 06:14   #2
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Borrow a good battery, install it, and see if it drains down in 2 days. If if does then you have to start looking for what is causing the drain. If not then you know the gell-cell battery is bad.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 06:29   #3
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Borrow a good battery, install it, and see if it drains down in 2 days. If if does then you have to start looking for what is causing the drain. If not then you know the gell-cell battery is bad.
The gel-cell is brand new... do they typically have problems with selling a lot of bad ones?
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Old May 19th, 2011, 06:55   #4
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Or disconnect it overnight.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 07:06   #5
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Check the main fuses atop the battery. The metal strip fuses to be specific. Check them all by removing nuts holding them, remove, ohm and insure the contacts are clean. Same thing happened to me and it was a loose fuse.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 07:15   #6
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Check the main fuses atop the battery. The metal strip fuses to be specific. Check them all by removing nuts holding them, remove, ohm and insure the contacts are clean. Same thing happened to me and it was a loose fuse.
I will try that tonight.... I might also take the battery to autozone and get another one and see if that fixes it.... the battery is literally <5days old
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"ohm"

I think he means check the resistance. Ohm is a noun not a verb.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 07:25   #8
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"ohm"

I think he means check the resistance. Ohm is a noun not a verb.
yes... I am an Computer Engineer so I am VERY aware of the difference... but I am pretty sure I know what he meant thanks for making it clear though

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Also track down any current leaks using an ammeter.

First test across the neg terminal on the battery, if you see a higher than expected draw there then test across each fuse to identify where it is coming from.

btw, CE here as well, nice to know I'm not the only one on here
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Also track down any current leaks using an ammeter.

First test across the neg terminal on the battery, if you see a higher than expected draw there then test across each fuse to identify where it is coming from.

btw, CE here as well, nice to know I'm not the only one on here
I was hoping that someone had seen this.... I will check the current and other factors tonight.
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Is this an AGM battery, and if so what brand?
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Is this an AGM battery, and if so what brand?
It is the new autozone gel-cell battery...

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Old May 19th, 2011, 13:56   #14
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I'd immediately suspect a defective storage battery (or it's not hooked up right).
It happens. AZ can check it for you, right in the car.
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I'd immediately suspect a defective storage battery (or it's not hooked up right).
It happens. AZ can check it for you, right in the car.
Right now it takes longer to jump the car than to just pull the battery and take it over there.
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