Difficult to Diagnose Electrical Issues Are Typically Due to Ground Issues on Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Electrical issues that are difficult to diagnose—and sometimes intermittent—are typically due to ground wiring issues. The most troublesome ground locations are under the battery or at the engine.

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Average mileage: 138,367 (40,000–261,000)
13 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
22 people reported this problem
11 people shared problem details
more and more frequently, i get in the car to start it and i notice that the clock is at 1200. the trip odometer is at zero. the overall odometer reads the mileage. turning the key will make( on occasion) a ticking sound. not always. after turning the key on and off several times the car will start. this is a tdi by the way. if i don't get the glow plug light, it won't start.
won't turn over replaced battery still won't turn over i did get to start shut off now no start again is there a wiring problem that i should look for
Jumpstarted battery. Indicator says it is still a good one. Car will not restart even when battery is charged for more than 2 hours. The alternator gauge indicator light is not on.
battery was draining overnight car had trouble starting crank for a while before it started but it ran good changed out the starter know when you turn the key on everything goes dead on the car it is a 2001 TDI Volkswagen Jetta
battery discharges overnight
fans keep running after the car was shut off. He started the car again, got the fans to go off, but it still drained the battery somehow. Have not been able to figure it out, or get it fixed
My GPS/radio doesn't work. I smell electricity burn then it went dead.
This is a 1999 Golf Automatic (Gasoline.) The car will not start despite charging up the battery. The starter will click but will not turn over. Te rear window wiper will not turn off when switched to 'off'
The engine would cut off completely in random locations but most notably in the fast lane on the highway. The wiring harness had to be replaced for the engine and it was covered under warranty.
front and rear light bulbs burn out too often
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