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I need a replacement alternator for my 1993 VW Mk1 Cabriolet (aka Rabbit).

Unfortunately, the identifications on the old alternator are painted over. I cant ID it.

On sites I've looked at there seems to be about 6 different alternators for the same car.

How can I ID which is the right one for me?

Engine is 1.6lt SOHC K-Jetronic (injected). Same engine as late model Mk1 GTIs. There is no air-con. In fact the only power option is the roof.

Many thanks in advance.

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  • Can you provide the details of the engine? – Sourav Purakayastha Jul 11 '16 at 8:44
  • Two things: First, can you post a picture of the back side of the alternator, where the wires attach. The connections will tell the tale. Second, does your VW come with or without AC? – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jul 11 '16 at 8:45
  • @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 it's a no AC model. I've added images above. The 2nd is what appears to be a capacitor, if that's any help. – MeltingDog Jul 11 '16 at 9:20
  • @Appleman cheers mate, I've added it above – MeltingDog Jul 11 '16 at 9:23
  • I think you have your response concerning witch one is your replacement, but maybe you can get it rebuild much faster than acquiring a new one, cheaper and more environnement friendly :) In my region, there are quite a few store that rebuild them. Maybe you could even do it yourself – Rémi Jul 11 '16 at 12:31
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It appears the following are rebuilt replacements for your alternator:

  • WPS/Power Select PN: 14970N
  • Pure Energy PN: 14778
  • Remy PN: 14918

The difference (it appears) between the AC to non-AC unit is the Amperage output: AC=90A; non-AC=65A. You will probably want to get a replacement alternator which has the capacitor (externally connected part as you've described) already installed.

  • Ah, so I'm guessing this one might work? au.vwheritage.com/shop/golf-cabriolet/068903017MX/… – MeltingDog Jul 11 '16 at 9:35
  • @MeltingDog - It looks like the right one, but look at the lead time of 4 weeks. You may want to find a different source. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jul 11 '16 at 9:50
  • Ah so the capcitor dictates the Amp output? Can't I just reuse the old one? – MeltingDog Jul 12 '16 at 8:54
  • @MeltingDog - I don't think it does. I'm just suggesting getting one already installed so you know you have a good one, versus having to purchase a new one or having the old one go out. Not necessary, but a good thing none the less. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jul 12 '16 at 10:55
  • @Paulster just read then that its job is to even out the current from the alternator so as not to hurt the battery – MeltingDog Jul 12 '16 at 10:58
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You need a 65 Amps, 125 mm Stator Diameter, 12 V alternator. The exact one is mentioned in the link:

VW Rabbit 1.6 Non AC alternator

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