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Starting about two years ago, most of the GEN 1 cars I've bought have had low voltage to the battery and in every case it was the B cable, the long cable that runs under everything and takes a good hour to hour and a half to replace.<br>The cable corroded and it loses the ability to carry 13.5 volts to the battery and eventually you wind up with a dead battery.<br>Many are fooled thinking they need an alternator when all they need a replacement cable.<br>Do yourselves all a favor, if your cables are original you most likely need new ones or at least the one B cable.<br>Do a battery load test, this is the easiest way to find out.<p>Apparently this is a heat AND a time deal, the 2000 I just bought with 20k miles has a bad cable (along with a dry and cracking sep. belt)<br>What I didn't know is there is a TNN that apparently came out in about 2003-2004 that specifically addressed this problem. <br>
 

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Re: "B" battery cables (JRL)

Thank you for the information! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>My parents '96 850 was having this exact issue. At the alternator I was getting 14.3 volts, but at the battery I was getting 13.0 volts. I replaced the B+ cable, and now I am getting 14+ volts at the battery. And, the car can now sit for days on end and start at the first crank.<p>Have a most splendid Wednesday one and all <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>
 
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