What is wrong with my car?
It was fine yesterday and has always been fine, I have never had a problem with it in nearly 6 years.
I came to start it this morning and there was power but it didn’t even turn over, there was all sorts of whirring and clicking noises coming from the fuse box area. I got it jumped and it started straight away however when indicating the radio kept cutting out also the ABS and Parking brake lights kept coming on. The lights came on sometimes when braking too.
Could this just be the symptoms of a knackered battery or is it more?Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
Don’t assume it’s a dodgy battery and go and buy a new one. First go to a proper independent battery speciaist and ask them to check the earthing, the alternator and the performance of the battery. They will also fit a new one for you if that’s what’s needed.
Delta Batteries are excellent if you’re neary Bury, Gtr Manchester.Posted 4 years agojohndohMember
If battery needs replacing, do as Hora says and check how first – disconnecting some batteries can have untold knock-on effects such as radio locking up (needing code putting in), electric windows, central locking etc play up.
We had a right faff after a garage did just that – couldn’t open the doors with remote so used the key but that didn’t disable the immobiliser so we couldn’t get it to start. And only one electric window would operate.Posted 4 years ago
I didn’t do any testing, the battery looked like the original (on a Merc- fithly old thing with the Merc logo on) so replaced. Bingo- 40quid later.
On a Pug 307 I borrowed a home charger from a fellow STWer as looking at the battery (aftermarket- in good condition) it just needed a charge/boost.Posted 4 years ago
The RAC came out and diagnosed the battery, the alternator was charging it fine but the battery was only putting out 8v and 19a. RAC bloke wanted £90 for a new battery fitted but I just popped down to euro car parts and got one for £50. Just got to fit it so I can go home now.Posted 4 years ago
Hora the focus is a brilliant car it has been plenty big enough for family holidays for the four of us even when we needed to take a buggy and a travel cot. I can get 3 bikes and 3 riders with a weekends worth of gear in it. Mine is the 1.6 TIvct with 115bhp which isnt loads but the car is still fast enough and returns around 35mpg and upto 48ish on a long motorway slog. It handles well and I havn’t really had any trouble with it other than this. I’m still on the original discs and only the second pads, the drums at the back are all original too.
If you get one make sure you get a space saver spare, a bloke at work has a full size spare and his boot is tiny (both 5dr hatchs) and with the full size you are still supposed to stay under 50mph while its on so no real benefit.Posted 4 years agobearnecessitiesSubscriber
The one to avoid is the 1.6 TDCI,
Is it? I ragged the life out of my ’59 up to about 50k (ecotech if that makes any difference) and never missed a beat, fantabedosie engine for that size car.
Until one day some scallies decided it, drove it for an hour and so set fire to it in Bramley.
I’m over it, really I am.Posted 4 years ago
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