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Author Topic: Starting problem  (Read 4226 times)

Offline winkers

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Starting problem
« on: October 19, 2012, 05:41:23 PM »
Can anyone help, trying desperately to start my 55 plate Cmax 2.0 TDCI following the missus allowing the kids in to mess and completely drain the battery. Charged the battery and tried the ignition. Initially did turn over then a clicking noise. Tried once more and heard a 3-4 second long fizzing noise from the passenger foot well (likely fuse board) and now don't even get ignition lights on the dash. Have checked the likely fuses and none blown. Can anyone advise what this might be (relay perhaps)? Many thanks. ???

Offline Mirez

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Re: Starting problem
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2012, 08:36:38 PM »
If its just been allowed to go flat then start with the basics first as fuses, relays etc are unlikely to be effected by this. How long was it completely flat? If its the original battery then its quite possibly damaged it as vehicle batteries should never be allowed to go flat - generally a new battery for a short time will survive but the older they get and the longer they are discharged the less chance they have of recovery. In most cases the battery will still "charge" and show even show a  good voltage but once a load is attached it hasn't any capacity.

If you have a volt meter handy then put that on the battery whilst someone tries to start it and see what the voltage drops to or, if you can, borrow a known good battery and try that.

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