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Panic the car wouldn't start

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Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 10 Oct 2017 14:40

Was going to my Tuesday coffee morning and all set but the car wouldn't start

Got warning lights all over including batttey and power steering and I was what the hell do I do .where are you Michael cos you would know !!

It said a qualified technician needed to check so I phoned the service dept of the dealer and they said you have AA cover so ring them first

So rang them at 10.20 am ,yes we will be with you by 11.10am thought that's great

At 10.40 I got a call to say on the way be there in 5 mins

So turned up ,did diagnosis and the battery was failing .not bad as it's the original and is 8 years old and the car is very low mileage

So £120 later the car was running and I made the coffee morning a bit late

I must admit I was a bit flummoxed when the car wouldn't start


Sharron Report 10 Oct 2017 15:51

Shirley, I have half an idea of what I am about and I still go into one if the car won't start.

Having said that, it is a long time since it happened.

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 10 Oct 2017 16:05

Guess I am lucky cos it's a good car,first time it's had a problem although it's mot in July it initially failed because of emissions
It was in for its annual service and mot and they quickly sorted it with some additive and some running it to clear the clog
Just using for local runs isnt good for the engine. As my hubby would say it needs a good blow every now and then on a motorway


Bobtanian Report 10 Oct 2017 17:53

yeah, a motorway tune up works wonders, get that cat nice n hot!!!

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 10 Oct 2017 22:08

So drive yourself to Norfolk when Sharron visits, Shirley, we can have a lovely get- together and it will do the car the world of good (and you too perhaps)


Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 11 Oct 2017 06:58

Now that's a thought .thanks

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 11 Oct 2017 19:06

Don't forget lol


Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 11 Oct 2017 19:10

Keep me informed and I will try to see if I can make it

I have my grandson in the school,holidays so will have to adapt around this etc


Sharron Report 12 Oct 2017 11:21

Looks like it will be some time in the first two weeks of November as that is when OH has booked holiday.

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 12 Oct 2017 11:24

:-D :-D


InspectorGreenPen Report 12 Oct 2017 19:03

We have owned two cars in the past with battery problems. In both case the battery kept running down unexpectedly and the garage were unable to offer an explanation, other than the battery might need replacing.

The first was a Golf in the late 80's. The culprit was faulty switch which failed to turn off the boot light when the boot door was closed. I happened to spot it by chance on a very dark night when the street lights had failed to come on and there was a very faint glow visible in the back of the car.

The second was an Audi in the 90's. This time it transpired the battery was low on electrolyte. It was before the time batteries were sealed but well after the time you needed to top them up with distilled water every few months and so the garage never even though to check the level.

It was only on a whim I decided to remove the plug in the top of the battery and realised the level was low. A top up with distilled water and full charge and it never put a foot wrong again.


BrianW Report 13 Oct 2017 20:54

In my youth we used to call a good high speed run to blow out the soot "An Italian tune-up".
And that was before cat converters were even thought of.
And also before the 70mph limit was brought in.

Nowadays the boy racers achieve the same result by driving round town in second gear.


Sharron Report 13 Oct 2017 21:20

I always dreamed of having one that would go that fast!

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RolloTheRed Report 13 Oct 2017 21:41

the uk 70 mph came in end of1965.
A long way to go for a motorway blast for many.
In the early 70s I had a .mini CooperS which hated starting. In the end I ran some HT starter cable to a heavy duty starter button under the seat. No more starting problems.; I think a new battery was a fiver.
I know we used to do 90mph in it but a few gentle miles in a restored mini recently and I was a gibbering wreck with a knees problem.


InspectorGreenPen Report 14 Oct 2017 06:18

I remember reading the car mags from the time and they suggested that a good blast was a run from Apex Corner to Watford Gap Services.

Oh and make sure you had put your Redex in first.


BrianW Report 14 Oct 2017 07:18

I had a Ford Capri 1600 GT Auto for a time and was often doing jobs in the Huddersfield/Bolton/Liverpool areas, traveling up from Essex.

Not so much traffic then so was able to do the motorways at a steady 95.

Those were the days !

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 14 Oct 2017 09:22

They pick the car up to take it for its service

It's the same guys every year and the one who drives the car said remind me next year you do low mileage and I will give it a bash in second gear to clear it before I get to the service dept

They have to drive on a dual carriage way to Maidstone for part of the journey can can let it goooooo


RolloTheRed Report 14 Oct 2017 11:11

sounds ok but will do no good at all and very likely damage except for pre 1980.
Much better option which will work is to use hi grade 95 octane all the year round and tell yr mech to take it ez on the A20M.

btw check mech's insurance if he is taking it on the highway inc points. Insurance for garages is restrictive and expensive some cut corners. Owners tend to find out the hard way. Also for expensive motors check credit rating. It took a mate months to get his Ferrarri back after the garage went bust.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 14 Oct 2017 11:30

How about a run down to Canterbury or up to Bluewater? There should be some sections of the M2 where you could get it up to 50 or 60, even 70 on a ‘good’ day!

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 14 Oct 2017 15:53

Its a 2009 Ford Fiesta Zetec 1600 diesel
it goes to a Ford Main dealer for its service etc

it occasionally gets a blow on the M20 down to daughters at Hawkinge nr Folkestone
but thats not often as she works full time all week

When grandson is here in the school holidays I do take him to the cinema in Rochester so it does get a short blow on the M2 from Rainham

I dont feel inclined to take the car just for a drive as I need a purpose to a journey ,but thats just me

if hubby was here we would be doing more trips but i have lost my get up and go a little bit :-\