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Old 16-08-2005   #1
Tom
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Battery Problem (I hope)

Hello all,
I'm hoping someone on here can help.

This afternoon i got in my HGT to find it completely dead, the clock on the radio was gone and there was no signs of life when turning the ignition.

I got a friend to come down with jump leads and using them it fired up fine.

So I drove around for about an hour hoping to get some charge in it. Then having left it for about 2hours I came back and it was dead again. So I hooked it up to the battery on my housemates Micra which gave it enough power to turn on the dash lights but not enough to turn the engine over. So I tried a fiesta which had a bit more oomph, but only enough for the engine to cough, not start.

Now this is the concerning bit, I got hold of a battery charger which says it also test the battery. I took it out and the charger says the battery is 100%. I left it on fast charge for about and hour (i know this isn't enough) but it made no difference.

So anyway, I'm going to take the battery to the nearest battery place in the morning but I'm just concerned by the fact that the charger said it was fine and when I tried to jump start it from the fiesta (which is a 1.6) it didn't like it. It jumped fine the first time but that was a 2 litre golf.

Could it be anything other than the battery?
Cheers.
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Old 16-08-2005   #2
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

Do you have access to a volt meter? (multimeter)
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Old 16-08-2005   #3
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

Er, nope, I don't think so.
Might be able to get hold of one though. What would I do with it if I could?
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Old 16-08-2005   #4
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

Sounds like the battery for sure..

Get a new heavy duty one.
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Old 16-08-2005   #5
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

Cheers Anon, thats my first port of call, it just worried me that the charger said it was fully charged and it wouldn't start a second time with the jump leads.
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Old 16-08-2005   #6
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

How old is the car? Mileage?

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Old 16-08-2005   #7
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

If you've got access to a meter you can measure the charging voltage from the alternator, should be 13.8 to 14v. Just to make sure its actually being charged when the car is running.
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Old 16-08-2005   #8
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

Its a '97 147 HGT, done about 47k, most of which has been below 40mph.

It does a lot of stop/start short journeys because it lives on Guernsey and there isn't very far to go over here!
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Old 16-08-2005   #9
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

The battery will be toast.
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Old 16-08-2005   #10
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

Ok, thanks Tom (good name by the way). If the battery doesn't sort it out I'll see if I can get a multimeter, and then I'll no doubt be back asking where to test it!
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Old 16-08-2005   #11
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

If the batt is the original then its very likely it is toast. When you have it changed ask them to check its being charged properly, its a 30 second check.
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Old 16-08-2005   #12
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

...and expect the alternator to go very soon too as invariably one goes shortly after the other. Plan some time in too as the HGT alternator is often a "send yours off for reconditioning" job.

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Old 17-08-2005   #13
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

gurnsey is a great place to wind down. where do u live there?

what colour is ur hgt, saw a couple of bravos when i was out there a year or 2 ago

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Old 17-08-2005   #14
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

Just call me stoopid but how will I know when the alternator's gone?
Sounds painful, especially as no-one over here will probably know what to do with it.
The local Fiat place couldn't even programme a spare key for me. I gave them the red key and everything but they couldn't get it to work.
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Old 17-08-2005   #15
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Re: Battery Problem (I hope)

It is a great place, just a bit small at times. I live near Cobo on the west coast, great beaches.

Mines an Ink Black HGT, there's a few bravo's here, but not many. Only one other HGT.
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