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NEW EDIT TO BLOG - Radio fuse burns out when I put trans in reverse.

<U>'86 244 sedan I just bought this pretty little car from a private party so I expected a few flaws. The radio worked fine for a couple of days and then it suddenly stopped getting power. I figured it was a fuse and figured out which one - not the one marked "radio". <br>I am pretty sure that the problem here is that my radio has been connected to the wiring for the reverse fog lights. (That's the description on the fuse cover - #14 fuse)<br>Is there a better fuse to connect the radio to? I know I shouldn't but I am going to just remove the back-up light bulbs from my reverse lights. I HAVE TO HAVE A RADIO. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/redface.gif" BORDER="0">) I don't have anyone to fix it for me and I don't have the money to spend to fix a luxury item like a radio. <br>My Question is: will removing the power suck of the reverse lights fix the "burn out"?<br><U><B>ALRIGHT....THIS IS AN EDIT TO MY ORIGINAL POST!</B></U><br>I am a total idiot! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> I cleaned the fuse box connections with some sand paper and <B><U>now my radio works all the time.</U> </B>I am new at this car fixing thing. I always have had a husband to fix my car. Now I am single and I have to figure it out and fix it myself. But I think I am doing pretty good for a beginner, yes? <br>Now my battery was dead when I went out to start it the other morning. I started checking for a battery drain. There was none. No charge was being pulled from the battery when the ignition was turned off. Turns out that the alternator wasn't charging the battery at all. I promptly went to "Kragen" to have them check my alternator. What a joke! He hooked up his multimeter to my battery and told me that I was getting 0-ZERO amount of charge from my alternator and probably needed a new one. So, yes, I bought one and allowed a friend install it for me - big mistake! $125 later, I have come to the conclusion that it wasn't the alternator but it was the ground wire. After he installs the alternator, he tells me that the ground wire was all ate up and falling apart. Geeezzz!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> OH, THERE'S MORE... The alternator he installed didn't have a ground wire connection, so he figured it wasn't necessary-<I>extra parts.</I> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> Now he is going to take the long screw that is the grounding bolt, off of the old alternator and put it on the new one. <B><U>IS THAT GOING TO WORK? OR DID WE GET THE WRONG ALTERNATOR?</U> </B>OH, and my neighbor is insisting that if we just rest the alternator up against the body of the car we won't have to ground it. <B><U>IS THAT TRUE?</U> </B>Remember, I am new at this, but it all sounds a little "micky mouse" to me. <p><br><i>Modified by judylyn at 11:36 PM 8-13-2006</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by judylyn at 11:37 PM 8-13-2006</i>
 
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