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well i just got her tagged and legal the other day, so ive been driving it a bit, seeing if it holds up and what not, and yesterday fro the first time, it started having the problems, 2 problems....

1. sometimes when i would make turns, the battery light would come on, and the car didnt have power, my battry cables are tight tho, so not so sure what the deal with that is...its to fuckin scary taking turns and your shit dies on you...

2. for the first time yesterday, i was idling low, at times, my car would idle at normal 700 - 800 rpm....but yesterday at times, it would idle at 300 - 400rpm...then die....like i was sitting in a parking lot, turned her on, she was at the 300-400 idle area...and you could tell the engine was about to die just by the way the idling sounded, and by dammit it died, this happen many times, even while i was driving the damn car....if i didnt want the car to die on me, id have to keep giving it gas so it would not reach 0 rpms, so driving was ok, but when i came to a stop light, it was hell....

why am i idling so low? why does the battery light and the car die while im turning? and why does my car keep dying on me when its idling that low?

btw, on the car dying on turns, my wheel also locks up.
 

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Check the alternator connectors. And try switching alternators. Also check the large connector on the bottomside of the ignitioncoil, if that's loose it'll die in turns too... don't ask me how i know
 

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I have the EXACT same two problems. It does suck when all of a sudden your in the middle of a turn and the power steering goes out. When I start my car in the morning it'll idle at 1100 and then slowly drop down to around 600-700 and the exhaust "pops" quite a bit. So I'll drive it on the highway to work, park it and let it idle and it sputters around that same 600-700. So then the bad part. I'll come back out to my car 10-15 min later, start it up, and it'll idle at like 300-400 and it'll eventually die. I know that probably because of heat soak (dont have a turbo timer yet), but it does really suck in traffic to when you have to constantly give it a little gas to keep it goin. Hopefully someone can give us a little more insight.
 

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hoenstly, im damn right terrified to drive my MKIII, its a death trap as of right now, i was going to drive it to work for the first time today, fuck that shit, ill drive the daily driver...lol

damn, alternator switching, talk about cash
 

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DrumnBassBBoy said:
damn, alternator switching, talk about cash
You can do the work yourself can't you? Check the connections he was talking about first, then check you main grounds. Then contact me if you need a Alternator I have one off of my 89 GE and it worked perfectly for me.
 

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DrumnBassBBoy said:
btw, on the car dying on turns, my wheel also locks up.
That happened to me on my saab the other day, 1/3 way around a 180 degree turn it died and locked up... in a parking lot so i had nowhere to go...

No idea exactly to your problems without just throwing shit out there, check the idle flow chart on the TSRM and check your codes.
 

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DrumnBassBBoy said:
hoenstly, im damn right terrified to drive my MKIII, its a death trap as of right now, i was going to drive it to work for the first time today, fuck that shit, ill drive the daily driver...lol

damn, alternator switching, talk about cash
welcome to the world of MKIIIs
 

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yeah, the steearing will suck if the car dies while cornering

is your battery held down? if it's moving around a lot it might be shorting itself out...

battery or alternator could also be bad, I replaced my battery cables and installed an optima, problem is a LOT better, still need a new alternator though...
 

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I've had similar problems, Check your grounding points for any kind of browness like a burn of sorts, Also, it couldnt hurt to try different grounding points, I have an 88NA also, so I know they put more than one for the Main Body Ground, try the other one, Also, Check the Engine Block Ground, make sure its tight and clean. If you find that you had bad grounds, your alternator is most definetly fried (Ask me how I know, please) Check all alternator cables/grounds. A better battery couldnt hurt either. Check both terminals for cleanliness as well. Check that the positive terminal is all hooked up good on the terminal end. Wow, um, I wish I had all the information when I was having my problems... I had to take it to an electrical specialist and pay $60 for him to tell me I had bad grounds, oh man was I kicking myself... Good Luck, let me know if this doesn't help you with your problem
 

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I had one of your problems, alternator was perfect, battery was perfect, grounding point were excellent,..etc but when ever I turn the car would die, after alot of researching and troubleshooting it turned out that one of the cables that are connecting to teh battery was shorting out (not secured inplace), its a yellow and/or orange wire (depending on how faded it is, lol). make sure that wire is secured to the battery terminal and it wouldnt hurt to clean your battery terminals and grounding points. let me know if this solves your problem. best of luck bro.
 
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