Car won’t start

Discussion in 'T3 & T4 Tech Help Clinic' started by rowansnow, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. rowansnow

    rowansnow Member

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    Hi

    Suspect it’s the battery.
    Oil and Temperature lights flashing when turn ignition on
    Makes a tick noise when key is turned but won’t turn over.
    Suspect that I left stereo on overnight, will have to try jumpstart next.

    Could it be anything else?
     
  2. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Always start with the obvious and basics.
    Diagnosis is likely correct.
    Buy a basic multimeter from jaycar for half the price of autobahn. $10.
    Fully charge battery ASAP.
     
  3. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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  4. hairyman

    hairyman Active Member

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    Clicking from the starter motor? That'll be the solenoid kicking in and out.

    Always caused by a flat battery in my experience, but get a multimeter anyway, they are very useful.
     
  5. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Get it started by jumping/ roll start. Charge the battery then see what happens. If you flattened the battery then probably all will be well?
     
  6. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Does sound like a simple “battery too low to start” scenario.

    Keep in mind, if it’s really low, even some slow chargers won’t bring it back, and it will need a jumpstart, or clutch start to get the battery above 8v, before the charger will kick in and charge it back to full. ;)
     
  7. Kombi Dad

    Kombi Dad Well-Known Member

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    I can vouch for the jump starter. Not the same brand but so small and works. I chose a Thunder jump starter, https://thunderauto.com.au/product/jump-starter-power-bank/ , which will start my V6 diesel in the Sprinter. Was purchased from Battery World. I have used it on a T5 Kombi when we were camped and it worked extremely well. The guy I helped mentioned that he was going to get one as he was impressed. It can also be used as a torch and charge devices through the USB ports etc. It is a long way from the old jump starter I had in the shed. I went to purchase a battery for the old one when Battery World suggested the new one. The cost of the replacement battery went a long way towards the cost of the new device.

    Ian
     
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  8. rowansnow

    rowansnow Member

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    Hey Jump start worked
    Thanks for all the love and recommendations KOMBI folk are great !
     
  9. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    That doesn't eliminate any of the likely causes.
     
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  10. rowansnow

    rowansnow Member

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    True that! It happened again soon after, this time with no radio light left on, this time totally dead.
    RACQ man said battery not charging properly. Alternator working quite well ; )
    Jumpstarted it and drove to my nearest battery shop, 2km from home and banged in a replacement
    quite happy now : ) It was the last straw for my old battery I guess. Glad it happened at home..
     
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  11. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Batteries don't like being totally discharged. They usualy need a specific charging regime to take charge again and it also reduces lifespan.
    They also do not like being left in a state of discharge.

    As there may be some doubt about the alternator charging properly have it checked by a competent auto sparkie. One you can trust.

    If it isn't charging fully then it may also be the cause if your discharge while sitting.
    In which case your new battery will also fail rapidly.

    Cheers
     
  12. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    I am having trouble understanding that.
     
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  13. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Suggesting a dud battery?
     
  14. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    I had a battery in my old Mk4 Golf that lost a plate and subsequently wouldn't accept a charge despite the alternator pumping lots of charge into it.
     
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  15. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    My NRMA supplied battery did the same at 2 years & 10 months old.

    Rang them up, and they came out, as it had a 3 year guarantee. They tested it, agreed it was broken, replaced it with another......... and gave me another 3 year guarantee from the date they fitted it! :)

    If this one does the same trick around the same age, I may never have to pay for another battery ever! :D
     
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