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Author Subject: car wont start/crazy dials
craigy_87

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Post #1
the car has been sat for a few days now an today i've went out to start it and it wont.

everything primes but when i flick the key it all dies then the dials go as far as they can round the clocks

any help?

thanks
Posted 24th Aug 2009 at 18:45
dan_s16

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Post #2
Battery is flat and only holding enough charge to run the basics but not turn the engine over more than likely

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Posted 24th Aug 2009 at 18:54
craigy_87

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Post #3
thought it might be the battery is it worth using the jump leads or new battery instead
Posted 24th Aug 2009 at 18:57
craigy_87

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Post #4
thing is i've had the battery run flat ages ago an it acted differently from this everything died slowely
but today everything was like normal but then just wouldnt start
Posted 24th Aug 2009 at 18:58
dan_s16

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Post #5
It could still be the battery or the starter could be stuck, you could try some jump leads, if it start OK then it's the battery but also check all the leads are connected properly just Incase one of them is lose.

If it still does the same thing then the starter is stuck, try smacking it with a hammer if you can get anywhere near it to loosen it off

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Posted 24th Aug 2009 at 20:55
kezman7

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Post #6
A bump start will unstick the motor if it is that
Posted 24th Aug 2009 at 20:57
black 6

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Post #7
Battery is on its last legs, I had this. You can jump start it for a while but it WILL die and you don't want to be stranded.

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Posted 24th Aug 2009 at 21:07
craigy_87

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Post #8
lol cheers guys gonna check the battery first with a multimeter see if it can be saved till i get a new battery or if i'll be blaggin a lift
Posted 24th Aug 2009 at 21:19
craigy_87

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Post #9
used some jump leads an a mates car an it started first time, gonna go battery shopping 2morow LOL any suggestions on which one to get?
Posted 25th Aug 2009 at 00:16
marra

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Post #10
varta are the best
Posted 25th Aug 2009 at 00:30
craigy_87

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Post #11
where abouts should i go looking, just the usual motor factorys?
also read on here that folk advice the 306 diesel battery as it holds abit more juice an still fits in the battery tray
Posted 25th Aug 2009 at 00:42
lotek

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Post #12
if you got a mate with a trade card then go to halfords , good warranty and very cheap.
Posted 25th Aug 2009 at 02:09
craigy_87

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Post #13
hmmm long shot but i may be able to wangle some sort of discount
any specific battery?
doubt i'll be paying as father randomly offered to pay (i aint sayin no) but then he aint gonna be wantin to spunk
Posted 25th Aug 2009 at 02:17
lotek

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Post #14
the halfords jobbie is like 30 quid. ask your mates if they got a trade card. everyone has one nowadays,
Posted 25th Aug 2009 at 03:49
craigy_87

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Post #15
none of my mates have lol but i think i could perhaps get a hold of a mates mate LOL who works in halfords
Posted 25th Aug 2009 at 03:50
roland rat

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Post #16
I bought a halfords 306 diesel battery for
Posted 25th Aug 2009 at 03:58
craigy_87

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well i'm buggered there the guy i was thinking of doesnt work in halfords anymore
Posted 25th Aug 2009 at 04:34
lwgti-6

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Post #18
I used to have an "AC delco" battery on my old 306 Dturbo, immense power in the winter. Saying that tho, it did come off a refrigeration wagon Smile

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Posted 25th Aug 2009 at 04:37

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