December 14, 2012, 7:00 pm
ok guys a friend of mine has a 57 plate ka and she has broken down and won't start up again all we get is a clucking noise and flickering from the dials any ideas on what this could be causing the problem
December 14, 2012, 7:05 pm
December 14, 2012, 7:06 pm
Battery or alternator.
Try charging the battery first and see how you go from there.
December 14, 2012, 7:10 pm
there is power in the car ie lights hazards wipers etc though
December 14, 2012, 7:14 pm
yup but it takes alot more to turn an engine over
think of it like this, i can join 8x AA batteries to get 12v - i could power a radio, some lights etc but i wouldnt be able to start a car. the battery needs to be able to supply hundreds of amps to get the starter to turn the engine
December 15, 2012, 5:31 am
ah ok will try it and see what happens
December 15, 2012, 9:02 am
One other point. Most modern cars run silver calcide battery. These things seem to have the lifespan of a gnat! and they die very strangely, one day the car starts fine the next it won't then a few hours later it works again (sometimes for weeks) the only way to be realy sure is to find a decent garage (not a rip off merchant) and get them to do a drop test on the battery. One other strange issue is that you can't even retro fit an old style lead-acid battery as it won't charge!
Strange but true!
December 15, 2012, 11:46 am
yeah her car started today got the battery checked and its fine so dunno what happened
December 15, 2012, 5:28 pm
Now I would be looking for dirty/damaged wiring on starter motor or it could simply be that all the water we have had lately means the starter was simply sticking.
December 15, 2012, 5:56 pm
noticed the copper wiring parts were black and also where can I go to generate a radio code as I know I need the serial number but note I'm not asking for it just looking to be pointed into the right direction for one as I know they are banned
December 15, 2012, 5:58 pm
As your radio serial is most definitely a V code have a look on eBay, some there will post a code out for less than a fiver.
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