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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi all. I’m new. I am not a mechanic. I have a 2000 Passat, 2.8. I traced a 360 mA parasitic draw to the turn signal system. I pulled the 10A fuse and the drain reduced to 33 mA. I need help tracing the reason for the drain in the circuit. Two strange things occurred after I pulled the fuse. My...
  2. New Member Introductions
    Hi all. I’m new. I am not a mechanic. I have a 2000 Passat, 2.8. I traced a 360 mA parasitic draw to the turn signal system. I pulled the 10A fuse and the drain reduced to 33 mA. I need help tracing the reason for the drain in the circuit. Two strange things occurred after I pulled the fuse. My...
  3. New Member Introductions
    I too had a parasitic battery drain associated with the monsoon amp. I noticed blue residue on one of the screws holding it in place. Took the circuit board out of the amp. Cleaned it with electrical cleaner, toothbrush, and hair dryer. Problem solved. Battery drain went from 0.7 amps to 0.07...
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    hi everyone. i have battery drain issue on my 1998 passat station. it has been like 2 years since i am trying to find a sollution. i have read nearly the all threads regarding battery drain issues. replaced all door lock units but no luck. measured the drain with an amper meter and resulted in...
  5. B5 Garage
    Greetings folks. I'm an automotive noob. I know a little bit about a little bit, but not a lot. Most of what I am about to type is from trial and error, reading forums, and talking to mechanic friends. Unfortunately, they're tied up and can't lend a hand until later in the week, so I'm trying...
  6. B5 Garage
    In the midst of working on other issues, I noticed my battery simply wouldn't hold a charge. It's a new battery also. I took my multimeter and tested the negative battery cable versus the negative lead on the battery. A significant 1.0+ amp draw was measured against the battery. I...
  7. B5 Garage
    My original symptom was that my car would be dead in the morning. I took it to Autozone, and they told me that the battery / alternator appeared fine, but the alternator was roughly half a volt low. Nothing too crazy. I take it to the stealership [I'm in the Navy, and short on time or space to...
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I was coached by a friend of mine on how to set up my multimeter to test my car for parasitic battery drain. My mechanic just replaced the alternator and tested the battery but I want to make sure that he tested the actual milliamp drain and not just used a test light. Is it set up right? My...
  9. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    What can the $350 VAG COM cable and full VCDS do to assists in troubleshooting an existing parasitic battery drain, in this case, fuse 14 600ma draw. Or, the ECS cable and VCDS-lite for that matter. Been troubleshooting off and on for 6 months (I have a post here somewhere) as I have another...
  10. B5 Garage
    Folks, I own a 2001 Y passat that has a JVC KS-FX202... CD changer system. During a recent service we noticed the battery was poor and parasitic drain of around 300 mamps. After a bit of research and tugging fuses, I found that nearly 200mamps of drain was caused by fuse 37(20Amps). So the...
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