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    Hi All,

    another problem!!!

    Lastnight i left my interior light on till this morning. I got in the car and it started fine. drove about 0.1 of a mile from my brothers house and then later on did about a 4 mile round trip. in the afternoon i decided to remove the battery for a while to clear the fault that i currently have which is posted in another thread (glow plug relay).

    after replacing the connectors to the battery i jumped in the car to start it an it just clicked away and wouldnt turn over. the lights on the dash would be ok but randomly flicker off.

    I checked the connector on the battery and that is tight as it can go. I got my brother to push the car and it bump started with no problem. I then did a 6-7 mile round trip, turned the car off when i got back then tried to start it. it turned over for about 2 seconds but then started clicking.

    04 plate 3.0ltr v6 cdti

    cheers guys/girls

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    Sounds like a duff battery. Have you tested with a circuit tester? Connect some jump leads and see if it starts like that.

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    Check the voltage at the battery with the engine running, to rule out the alternator. Should be about 14v with engine running. If it is, then the battery's duff

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    Tested battery and its kicking out around 14.5, went on 40 mile round trip an it still didnt start after i turned it off and back on again. just weird how its bin fine and then all of a sudden nackard?

    is there anyway something has shorted out when i connected the battery back up?

    cheers

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    You need one hell of a battery to turn the car over. Mine started to turn over loads before it would start. Fitted new battery and zoom. If the battery goes down below to 50% it will not turn car over. My sealy battery pack will not turn mine over when it went flat. Had to get a jump start from anothe car

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    Think the battery shouldnt drop any lower than 10.0 while cranking????? any lower and the battery is duff. Like I said, hook another car up with yours for 5 min with jump leads and try it. Soon find out if it's a duff battery, or just swop so ones battery over just to try it?

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    Just thought i would update! got new battery genuine gm and it fired up sweet

    thanks for the help

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