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Old March 6th, 2018, 09:48   #1
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Hello,
I need some help please. The other day I accidentally arced a ratchet extension against the alternator while I was changing the thermostat. Once I got finished replacing the thermostat I drove the car for about an hour then left it running for about another hour after that. The next day I started it and it died about 2 minutes later, and every time after that I start it and it dies a few seconds later. I light tested all of the fuses, and they are working. Everything else in the car seems normal.

I would appreciate any help I can get. I am really hoping I didn't screw up anything too serious.

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Old March 6th, 2018, 10:56   #2
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Is there a little key symbol on the instrument cluster when you start the car?

If so, that would mean the immobilizer doesn't recognize the transponder chip in the key fob. When that happens, the car will start, and then stop a couple seconds later.

Looks like this:

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Old March 6th, 2018, 11:07   #3
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No, that icon does not show up. I did forget to mention in the original message that the oil light comes on (blinking) and there is a beeping that comes with it.

I appreciate the response and any other help you can give me.
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Old March 6th, 2018, 11:21   #4
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An oil light after extended cranking is normal, if you get it with the motor running, different issue.
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Old March 6th, 2018, 14:09   #5
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The line you shorted is protected by a big fuse on top of the battery box... was that one of the fuses you checked?

Failing that, measuring voltage at the battery post would be a good diagnostic... if the charging system was damaged the battery is probably discharged.
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Old March 6th, 2018, 16:39   #6
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REMOVE - TERMINAL from battery
this is literally a VW Meme
its seriously a big issue you must do when changing your wiper blades and dont even think about washing her with out removing the battery and covering all your electronic connections with ziplock freezer bags with zipties.
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Old March 6th, 2018, 16:43   #7
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REMOVE - TERMINAL from battery
this is literally a VW Meme
its seriously a big issue you must do when changing your wiper blades and dont even think about washing her with out removing the battery and covering all your electronic connections with ziplock freezer bags with zipties.
I learned that the hard way. I hope I didn't screw the car up too bad
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