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I am experiencing a charging system failure on my 2007

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I am experiencing a charging system failure on my 2007 Passat 2.0 FSI. The battery is not getting any charge from the alternator. The alternator has been swapped and does produce varying amounts of output as read from a volt meter to the bolt on the back but this voltage does not appear to make it to the fuse box. The cable from the Alternator to the fuse box is rather hard to trace as it goes below the block. Any suggestions on how to troubleshoot this further?
I would like to add that the car appears to be in some form of protection mode. The radio, AC, and power steering are all of with a battery indicator light that stays on.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

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ok did you check the high amp fuse on the fuse box .

please let me know!!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
all fuses have been checked. The suspected cable leading from the Alternator to the fuse box does not have any voltage at the fuse box when the car is running.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

what is the voltage from back of the alternator to the battery negative cable?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I get about 14.4 and more if I rev to higher RPM's I did notice that this voltage is not always there right away. I have to test a little more but it appeared to kick up after bringing the RPM's up a bit and then it would stay constant near 14.4. Unsure if this is as expected.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

ok i need you to measure the back of the alternator to the cable connection at the fuse box . i want to measure the voltage drop of the cable itself!!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK, just completed. There are some conflicting wiring diagrams out there but I believe it to be the cable farthest left and on the lower bank. I had initially suspected it to be second from the left with the black bolt head. In any case, the one farthest left is a flat zero with positive at the back of the alt and negative at this terminal. The one second to the left reads 13.6 with the same test.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Taking the car to the shop in the AM as I have exhausted the time I had to try and deal with it. Thank you for your brief assistance but I did not receive any real advice in this instance.