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    2000 beetle with Parasitic Battery Drain weirdness...plz help.

    Hi all, I'm new here and really hope some1 can help.
    My alternator recently gave up the ghost so I replaced it and my battery at the same time.. 3 days ago. I now have 14V going to battery while running with minimum load(no seat or window heaters, no lights etc)
    Went out next day and new battery would not even open central locking...so charged battery car starts I drove for 10miles and when I stopped I checked battery and got 12.8V.
    I left the car for an hour and without opening the door so nothing switched on I did a drain test and I have a 4Amp parasitic drain.
    Cut a longer story a bit shorter, I did the normal things... pulling fuses 1 by 1 and didn't get a drop in the drain. I was careful not to let the car think it was going to start so I wouldn't get a drain that way...
    I do have to keep opening the door to get to fuses but made sure I disconnected my meter every time. It took ages.
    So I don't really know the next step...is it worth pulling all the fuses at once? What else should I try or what's the next step.. I'm just an amateur with a bit of knowledge but electrics are not my forte.
    Any ideas would be great.... sorry for the long story.

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    Re: 2000 beetle with Parasitic Battery Drain weirdness...plz help.

    There are certain fuses to pull, starting with the RADIO and associated
    fuses, like the AMP...

    You do not need to keep disconnecting the meter, it stays hooked up
    between the battery & battery cable, as long as the amp drain does not
    go above the MAX amp rating on the meter to pop that fuse in the meter.

    Usually these drains are because of a defective radio or amplifier, the amp is
    not turning off, or the radio is draining power.

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    Re: 2000 beetle with Parasitic Battery Drain weirdness...plz help.

    Thank you... i will try them first.

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