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#1 k13r4n

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:10 AM

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

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#2 stef123

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:15 AM

flat battery

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:16 AM

Battery or alternator.
Try charging the battery first and see how you go from there.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:20 AM

there is power in the car ie lights hazards wipers etc though

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:24 AM

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

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:41 AM

ah ok will try it and see what happens

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:12 PM

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!

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

yeah her car started today got the battery checked and its fine so dunno what happened

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:38 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.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 12:06 AM

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

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 12:08 AM

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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