My '99 1.8T's battery has died twice this week. Thus, I figured I need a new alternator. I took it to a local guy that some friends say is very good. He tells me my radio is draining my battery. Possible?
What troubleshooting have you done to ensure it is not simply the battery itself? There are a lot of different ways to kill a battery. Assuming the guy you took it to actually did some troubleshooting, I'd go with his explanation over just assuming you need a new alternator.
No, I haven't left the key in the ignition. Mechanic tells me he went through a series of things to narrow it down to the battery. Basically, after the radio was taken out, the battery recharged itself. It's an aftermakert Blaupankt that I love, how can I fix this to keep my stereo?
He's full of crap. Removing a drain won't cause the battery to charge; it'll just keep it from draining any further.
All you have to do to REALLY find out if it's the radio is pull the fuse and see how the car behaves. I'm betting it's the battery at the end of it's life. To find out start the car and check the voltage at the battery. Then turn the car off and check the voltage every hour and see if it's dropping.