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    Default Help, car wont start this morning.

    Hi Guys,

    I got up for work this morning, car unlocked as normal on fob, got into car, turn ignition , instrument lights came on then went straight off turning everything off completely. No electric at all, doors wont lock and unlock.

    Sat in car for couple of minuteslost for ideas then CD player cranked up and car went live again. Before i could get keys to ignition it died again and a loud tapping noise started coming from rear passenger side in boot (near where the alarm is). I had to get to work so i left it, but the car was still taping from back when i left it. Relay?

    I cant get in the boot as power is down, i will have to go through the back seats when if finish here at work.

    Anybody ever had this or have any idea what im looking for. Any idea would be great.

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    Neil

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    The only time something like this happened to me was when a sealed unit battery failed over night, it wasn't on a Vectra but i think it was my Carlton.

    When i asked if this was poss at the dealers they told me yes and as its a sealed battery it cant and wont hold any charge ..... new battery im afraid.


    May be worth trying another battery 1st off ya mates car.

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    The sealed for life battery,s do,t sem to give any warning that they are on the way out, they just give up, I would as Ninja suggested try a new battery. or at least look to see if there is a loose terminal on the battery leads. ( I have had that happen on a prevoius car).

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    Thanks guys,

    will try the battery first see what happens.

    The tapping seems odd though,

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    The tapping will be a relay/module in the rear electrics centre, where there are also fuses. Sometimes if there isn't enough juice in the battery it can cause a relay to keep trying to activate but not quite get there. I'd disconnect the battery if I was you if it's still doing it, just to avoid any possibility of something getting damaged.

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    I hope you get it sorted out mate, lets us know how you get on.

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    I got home, mates battery was too big , so i just started it off his car with jump leads. Nothing for about about 1 minute then all light on dash came back on and it just kicked into life.

    I have left it nearly 5 hours now and its starts fine, not slow cranking or anything ?

    Will leave it overnight now, see how it is in the morning.

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    I would be ready to replace the battery, How old is the battery?.

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    Wouldn't be anything to do with the alternator not charging like fill 4842 had would it. Didn't he mention that the alternator had to be told when to charge the battery??

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    I would be ready to replace the battery, How old is the battery?.


    Battery is original from new (3years), so most likely the problem.

    Anyone know price for the vaux 66ah one thats in it, or should i go aftermarket ?
    Last edited by neilgsi; 1st December 2007 at 20:02. Reason: spelling

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