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    I have kinda reposted this as i dont seem to be getting anyone view it on troubleshooting and i need some advice as i need to use my car tomorrow.

    Can having an incorrect/too small battery make the car cut out whilst driving?

    Basically i have a 3.2 v6 and my local motor factors supplied me with the wrong battery about a week ago. I knew it looked too small but they was sure it was the correct one.

    Today the car cut out on me on a country lane. It didnt start straight away (tried it twice) so i popped the bonnet and couldnt see any obvious signs of trouble so i tried to start it again with headunit etc off and it started. It happended another 2 times on the journey home.

    This has only happend since i changed battery so i demanded they recheck it was the correct one and low and behold it wasn't. They gave me a tiny one in comparison to the one i should have had

    I changed the battery over and ive drove roughly 12miles with the new battery and haven't had it cut out yet

    Is it posible the battery was causing the car to die?

    The cut off was like id just turned the key, not a jerky cut out

    Any help/advise would be greatly appreciated

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    TBH, if the engine is running I can't see it causing it as the alternator is providing the power for the car - unless you have huge drains going on.

    (assumes good alternator)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    TBH, if the engine is running I can't see it causing it as the alternator is providing the power for the car - unless you have huge drains going on.

    (assumes good alternator)
    Thats what i thought :/ but im just hoping it could posibly have been due to the battery tbh

    Hoping it isn't a major problem

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    yes its more than possible!, if the battery is not upto the job with most modern cars there's a high demand on the battery,

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    Can you remember what electrical loads you had on at the time.

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    Bad earths and/or battery problems have been knowing to cause all manner of weird and wonderful problems. Given the mass of complex electronics in the average vehicle thesedays it's pretty much essential to at least have the battery rating specified by the manufacturer (if not a slightly more powerful one).

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    Especially with a petrol V6 as the spark plugs will be running off that (The way I understand it is that everything runs off the battery, which is being constantly charged by the alternator, but I'm happy to be told otherwise...)

    If the alternator can't recharge it quick enough eventually it will run out of juice to power the plugs and die...

    I imagine this wouldn't be AS much of a problem on a diesel due to the lack of plugs, but I'm not going to try and prove it....

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    Well my Gsi is fully equipped with all the gadgets (think its the 2015 head unit? with phone etc)

    I had alot of things running tbh. Lights, wipers, demister, blower on 5 with aircon on Hi temp, radio

    Im just hoping its the battery, so many things have gone wrong all at once

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    Assuming alternator is okay, I don't think fitting a battery with less capacity would cause the car to cut out, I think there would have to be a heavy load on it and the battery would need to be in a very bad way to cause that. JMO. Assuming the battery rating is not ridiciously low, its lower rating should really only affect its cold starting stamina.

    I assume you checked the battery connections in case the garage had forgottent to tightened them, which sounds a more likely cause.
    However the fact that once the proper rated battery seems to have hopefully cured the problem, may indicate otherwise. Unlike older vehicles from years ago, it's maybe that more modern vehicles cut out when the voltage falls below a set threshhold limit. Hope it stays fixed for you matey. :-)
    Last edited by 67688c; 24th January 2010 at 01:22.

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    Well i suppose i will find out tomorrow.

    Thanks guys

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