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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? Commented Jul 11, 2016 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? Commented Jul 11, 2016 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
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 9:20
  • @Appleman cheers mate, I've added it above
    – MeltingDog
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 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
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 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.

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  • Ah, so I'm guessing this one might work? au.vwheritage.com/shop/golf-cabriolet/068903017MX/…
    – MeltingDog
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 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. Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 9:50
  • Ah so the capcitor dictates the Amp output? Can't I just reuse the old one?
    – MeltingDog
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 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. Commented Jul 12, 2016 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
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 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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