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    confused Loose some power when lights been on

    I've been having some problems lately with my Remote Key not responding, and taking a few presses before it will lock/unlock car.
    I disconnected the battery for 40 minutes, then reconnected it, and everything was back to normal and running fine. Key worked everytime.

    Now I'm having the same problem again, but I've narrowed it down to having my headlights/fogs on.

    When I've been running the car for a while with the headlights and foglights on, when I get park up and get out, and try using the remote locking, it takes ages before it will respond.

    If I run car without headlights/fogs on, the key works perfectly.

    Could this be a faulty battery? or alternator?

    The battery I have has been changed since factory. I can tell because it says deisel on it when my car is a petrol
    It has a light on it that is shining green which is good, and isn't red or black (shown on the diagram on the battery) for dead or needs topping up with fluid.

    Anyone head of this before?
    It may also be causing my radio to be having very rare hiccups. Sometimes when I start the car, it will start with Radio 4, or Radio 2, which I never have on... honest. Well sometimes Radio 2.
    Also the part of the display at the top which shows which radio station you have on (full display, not 3 line display) the radio station will be blank, and the radio will go off for a second or 2, then come back on.

    All a little strange if you ask me.
    Anyone every had anything similar happen?

    Dan

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    Would it be a good idea to get one of these battery & alternator testers?
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=140148936508
    Or are they useless?


    Just been checking also, that there are different types of car battery.
    I thought they were all 12v and that was that, but they all have different current ratings.

    Could the one put in mine be wrong for the car?
    How can I check which ios the right battery for my car, and how much would it be from Vauxhall?

    It's a 1.8 SXI 52 Plate.
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    Diesel batteries have a higher current rating than petrol models. So it should be ok. They cost a small fortune from VX so try a tyre supplier - not ats, kwik fit etc. but a good indepandant, its usually cheaper. Also I don't think the green light on the top is a very good indicator.
    Whilst the engine is running, put a volt meter on the terminals, it should be around 14.4Vish. Any where supplying batterys should be able to test them for you.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    sounds more like you have a loose connection on the battery, I would check the connections. The diesel battery should be better than a petrol variant as they have a larger amperage (can give a bigger kick).
    Have you checked that your key fob has a good battery in it?

    Also, STOP DRIVING WITH FOGS ON, DRIVES ME MAD!

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    Yeh, checked key fob and it works fine. When I disconnect battery, and reset everything, the key fob works fine.
    Until I drive with headlights on for a while, then when I stop and try using remote locking, it takes ages to respond.


    What would be the difference in getting a petrol battery and a deisel battery? (for type of car, not actually inside)
    Is the higher the current the better? or can some be too much depending on car?

    Also any ideas if it could be something else causing this?


    Anyone know what my recommended battery should be? what current etc?
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    It can't harm your car having a diesel battery fitted. It just means it can handle a higher current for longer - ie when discharging. It has a higher capicity, higher cold cranking amps. Its like comparing a AAA battery - petrol - to a AA - diesel. Its bigger, lasts longer but has the same voltage.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Thanks for your help so far.

    Well I think it may be the car battery.
    If not faulty, then not powerful enough.
    Realised this problem has only happened since installing my HIDs, which may have pushed the power output too high for the battery.

    The battery I have is:
    PowerCharge Plus - Deisel
    Specifications
    Voltage - 12V
    Capacity - 55Ah
    CCA(EN) - 525A


    Now after checking which is a recommended battery rating, my recommended rating is:
    Voltage - 12V
    Capacity - 60-80Ah
    CCA(EN) - 540-780A


    So does anyone know a good cheap place to buy good quality batteries from?

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