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Brucey1
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:01 pm    Post subject: First problem with ‘new’ 996 Reply with quote

Went to go out for a drive , car is TOTally dead . Not sure how old the battery is on the car , im hoping it may be just the fact that I may have left the dash cam plugged in that has drained the battery and it’s nothing more sinister .
Reading the hand book to find out where the battery actually is !😀
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the front boot. The cover is central just under the windscreen.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully it’s an early car Brucey with manual bonnet lever not switches.

Battery is in front of the windscreen under a plastic cover. Good luck. Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The battery is in the front, just at the base of the windscreen. If a battery is on its way out it won't hold charge. Look for a date code on it. If the car is livked you might need to apply power to the fuse panel to open the bonnet as it could be.locked shut. If the battery wasn't knackered before it peobabky will be now. I would get a new one in and check for current drain.
Good luck. Thumb

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marky911 wrote:
Hopefully it’s an early car Brucey with manual bonnet lever not switches.


If it is so dead that it won't unlock this might not help. There is a solenoid which locks the levers so that they won't move when the car is locked, unless that tab has been broken off the bottom of the levers.

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Brucey1
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has the electronic buttons , looks like I will have to hook a battery up to the fuse box to open the bonnet , then take it from there.
The camera was plugged in but there is a button to turn it off I can’t remember if I turned it off , I will get a new battery at the weekend .
I’m p**sed off , was looking forward to a drive tonight 🤬
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty common on these unfortunately - definitely recommend a new battery - depending if you have a pre or post facelift car, the way to open the bonnet differs.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read the email the guy sent me when I enquired about the car , he said he had put a brand new battery in t a few weeks ago !
I will get it charged up and see if it holds a charge and take it from there , hope the new battery is not knackered .
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I woild check for a battery drain issue, but your current battery will be damaged.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont know why a new battery recommended? Something been left on, its gone flat!

Winter always a tough time for batteries esp if lots of short journeys and extra stuff switched on.

Stick it on charge and see if it holds is first step (as the OP said they’d do)

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been known to bump start my 996 more than once.

Once a SLA battery has been drained below about 11.5 volts, irrecoverable damage will occur and the battery will never be quite the same again. A few dips below that will kill the battery off.

However you might well get away with it this once and the battery will likely serve you well for a few more years.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:35 pm    Post subject: Re: First problem with ‘new’ 996 Reply with quote

Brucey1 wrote:
Went to go out for a drive , car is TOTally dead . Not sure how old the battery is on the car , im hoping it may be just the fact that I may have left the dash cam plugged in that has drained the battery and it’s nothing more sinister .
Reading the hand book to find out where the battery actually is !😀



How long was the car parked without been driven? Overnight? 1 week? Why did the PO put a new battery in? Is the “new” battery the recommended size - smaller would be an issue.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The car was sitting for 4 days without being used , not sure why he put in new battery , he had the car a few months .
I got it started tonight, total pain in the arse trying to get other vehicle into position to get boot open and then start the car .
I will get to the bottom of it , as this would do my head in !!
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See if it is the dash cam .. if not then i would be doing a battery discharge check with an amp meter to see it you have a drain thats causeing the battery to go flat.

There are many things that could cause this and it depends on the amp reading .. i can go into detail if needed .
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers mate , will let you know how I get on , hoping it was the dash cam !
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dash cam plugged in running for 4 days will drain the battery to the point of not starting, done it myself several times. Will need a full 24 -48 hrs plus on a charger to revive the battery dependant on how many amps the charger puts out
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