skeller01
Hi I'm new to the group thanks for accepting me. I purchased my 1973 Super Beetle last week and been having a lot of fun with it. I left something on last night and came out to a dead battery. I tried jumping it this morning with some cheap jumper cables and started seeing some smoke come from the battery and out of the rear deck lid. I got better jumper cables and try to jump it again, the motor would turn over but wouldn't start. I look to see what was burning in the back and I could see that the alternator wire was a little frayed. Would that keep it from starting? If so would there be an issue with me just cutting the wire where it's frayed and splicing on a new piece?
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skeller01
And or if I burned up the voltage regulator would that keep it from starting? It seems to me that if that were the case or if the frayed wire, it just wouldn't turn over.
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Wayne
I’d fix the frayed wire but the alternator or regulator should not affect the vehicle starting. If the battery is toast replace it, then look at points, plugs, coil, cap, wires and make it’s getting fuel.
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skeller01
Thanks Wayne, I replaced the battery, it started right up but now the alternator light is on. I checked the coil, seemed to be good. I then checked the battery with a volt meter and it is reading 18.
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Wayne
Charging light on would usually indicate a defective regulator or alternator. But VWs are prone to wiring and ground issues so check carefully.
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skeller01
Wayne, I changed out the alternator today and seems to be charging fine. Now the issue is the fan is rubbing.
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Wayne
The fan or the fan belt pulley? Is your belt adjusted properly using the shins behind the pulley?
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skeller01
The fan is rubbing on the shroud.
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