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Re: [T3] UPDATE: Generator Light (not my clutch light ;))


On 14 Aug 2006 at 11:08, Cybernotchback wrote:

> --- Jim Adney <jadney@vwtype3.org> wrote:

> > It's VERY unusual to find a VR that's regulating
> > high. I've never seen one, but 
> > I've heard of one other case.

> I had one do this years ago in my '72 Beetle.  Even
> after I turned the engine off the generator light
> actually glowed about half brightness.  And I could
> hear and smell the batery boiling.  I had to remove
> the ground strap from the batery to get it to stop.  
> I was close to home so a few hours later when I went
> to go, I was able to hook the batery back up and drive
> even with the lights on.  I removed the strap when I
> got home, I think the batery even lasted a few years
> after that.

The gen light staying on after the key is OFF is probably the most common VR 
failure mode. It's not clear from your description whether what you observed 
was from overvoltage or from discharge thru the generator, which is part of the 
common failure mode. Either could have caused the battery smell and sound.


-- 
Jim Adney
jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, WI 53711-3054
USA

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