Does anybody know what would cause the following symptoms?
I have a 1996 Golf MK3 diesel (not TDI).
I drove the car with no problem three days ago. Today I went to start it, and the battery is almost dead.
When I turn the ignition key, there is a rapid clicking noise and the glow plug indicator flashes rapidly. The motor won't turn over.
That was today. Everything below was two weeks ago:
One day the car worked fine and the next day the oil pressure lamp and battery indicator flickered red.
I started out on my trip and the battery was drained in less than an hour, but when I jumpstarted the car it ran fine.
I made an appointment with the garage, jumpstarted the car and started driving there.
En route, the same symptoms persisted, but then there was a noisy CLICK and everything seemed to go back to normal.
The mechanic replaced the alternator and told me the problem was fixed.