On or around Tue, 22 Nov 2005 19:34:41 GMT, "cyberwraith"
<firstname.lastname@example.org> enlightened us thusly:
>yes it is that time of the year, but until it gets here we never know just
>what will fail. Right Sunday morning very cold and frosty, go out to my
>Disco insert key, wait for the 'pig tail' to go out, three times to be sure
>and try to start. The engine seems to attempt turning but no firing. OK I
>test the battery with a large eye dropper kind of thingy, (yup I am
>technical) which tells me 4 out of 6 cells are needy for a charge. So I
>charge it which takes 3 hours and the car starts first time. Monday morning,
>it starts but only on fifth attempt and then grudgingly, today Tuesday
>similar. I have not checked the battery but will tomorrow. Would it be the
>battery at fault or just cold start syndrome? I ask because without the car
>I am housebound due to disability, and the battery still has 1 year of
>guarantee left. Is there any other checks I could make before to returning
>the battery and looking like a prize pillock?
>Thanks for any help folks it is always appreciated.
does sound iffy if some cells are down more than others.
another thing to check is glowplugs. Although a good TDi shouldn't *really*
need 'em, if the battery is up to it. The 300 TDi here only once failed to
start, when its original battery gave up at about 8 years old (!).
The Ford Di in the minibus doesn't seem to have any, and it's started so far
See other thread about batteries for discos though. You can put a biggun on
it, 643 or 644 - need a minor mod to the battery clamp and IIRC move a cable
from the side of the engine bay to get it in. Gives peace of mind that the
battery is big enough, and they tend to be cheaper to boot.
If you need to know which number, I'll look it up tomorrow.
Austin Shackles. www.ddol-las.net
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the jollyrodgered sea." Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953) Under milk wood