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    Car wont start...

    So I think I have a battery problem.

    Yesterday, had to call green flag as my Mondeo wouldn't start. (My new diesel one) I turned the key to stage 2 and the lights did what they normally do and the heater coil light goes out. Then... stage 3, nothing happens. not even trying to turn over.

    So I drove to the garage (about 7 miles) and switched off there, but it started back up. Greenflag guy thought it was the alternator and battery. But the charge was good at the garage.

    Come today and the same starting problem, wouldn't do anything on Stage 3 of ignition. I'm thinking the battery is faulty.
    If the alternator was faulty then it wouldn't have started straight up at the garage and gotten a good charge by getting to the garage yesterday.

    Thoughts?

    Found this battery: http://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/c/Fo...04c49c0&000020

    There is a cheaper one, but do I want to buy cheaper... I don't want to buy twice.
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    If the starter isnt doing anything at stage 3, it probably is a battery problem.
    Let it sit and it drains so it won't start. But try to start it after a small drive and the battery still holds enough to start it...


    Sure sounds right to me :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThunderbirdOne View Post
    If the starter isnt doing anything at stage 3, it probably is a battery problem.
    Let it sit and it drains so it won't start. But try to start it after a small drive and the battery still holds enough to start it...


    Sure sounds right to me :P
    Agreed. Sounds like a bad battery to me too. Mondeos can have funny turns and accidentally leave some electrical subsystems powered when they should be off. That can drain a battery pretty quick. A guy I work with used to rep in one, and always had a spare battery in his boot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by salamanderpete View Post
    Agreed. Sounds like a bad battery to me too. Mondeos can have funny turns and accidentally leave some electrical subsystems powered when they should be off. That can drain a battery pretty quick. A guy I work with used to rep in one, and always had a spare battery in his boot!
    That's quite drastic! But I understand.

    It's lucky I had my company van I could use for both getting around and jump starting my mondeo with the new battery, it wasn't fully charged.

    Anyway, got a new battery today and fitted it. Went for a just over 16 mile drive with minimal electronics on. Hopefully tomorrow it'll start.

    Looking at the battery that was in there it seems it was the original battery as the initial charge date was back in 04. (My car is a 2005) So if it was the original battery it's lasted a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrComputerSaint View Post
    Looking at the battery that was in there it seems it was the original battery as the initial charge date was back in 04. (My car is a 2005) So if it was the original battery it's lasted a long time.
    I think 10 years is good!. I recently replaced it in our car and that was around 7 years. All the bells and whistles in cars make the batteries cry tears of lost charge capacity. Also, car batteries are ridiculously heavy but just about fit in a tank bag on a GSXR. :)

    Hope it starts tomorrow, mate! Fingers crossed!

    What's with all this extra space at the bottom? What am I supposed to do with it?? XD

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    Well, I replaced the battery. Still the same problem. Breakdown cover came out again and it's a starter motor. It's off to the garage right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrComputerSaint View Post
    Well, I replaced the battery. Still the same problem. Breakdown cover came out again and it's a starter motor. It's off to the garage right now.
    Nightmare

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    Back from the garage this morning, fixed and ready to start

    It's a nice feeling having my car back, but really didn't want to spend £200 this month on car repairs. (108 for starter and 90 for battery)
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