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Volkswagen Scirocco 2008 problem


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Johann1000
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Nov 20, 2017, 3:17 AM

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Hello everyone, I discovered an issue with my car today, when trying to start it this morning the battery was "dead" the lights were fine, just didn't start, so there is power but not enough to start it.

So I jump started it and all was fine for a while, shortly after when I got to work I switched it off and tried to start it again (to verify) but it didn't.

So I had a jumpstart again and am now home. I did notice something in my garage, when it's dark the radio and leds on the steering wheel works, except the climate controls / A.C. controls, and the car does not like it when I try to start it with those controls removed. I will keep looking and update if anything changes.

Any help or tips would be appreciated, thanks.


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 20, 2017, 5:47 AM

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To clarify when you said it was dead, didn't start did it even try or make a noise?
Not familiar with a bunch of even LED lights staying on at all with a car totally off save that for later. First charge this battery with a charger better if then you can test it if it's any good.


It took a jump start but didn't re-start right away after some distance to get to work you said want to know again if any noise or what from trying right away? Sounds like simple u-bolt battery cables are so dirty there isn't much power getting thru them to start or rather "crank" engine. It's a routine to clean those and know condition of your battery as it ages they don't last forever - even less if allowed to go low or worse totally dead not convinced yet.


Try that much, clean up the cable ends at battery for now see what you have as I think more is needed but we have to know battery is good and well connected first,


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Johann1000
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Nov 20, 2017, 6:03 AM

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Hello Tom, yes I can hear it try, when I turn the ignition, I hear it click, like normal, but it just doesn't start.

I checked the battery cables, and it seems fine, not dirty, and all are properly connected, I am busy charging the battery now, I want it to be full, then i'll try again, and keep you updated.

Btw, I have a flooded battery, would you recommend taking it in for tests, maybe it's the battery giving in.


(This post was edited by Johann1000 on Nov 20, 2017, 6:06 AM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 20, 2017, 6:16 AM

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It can click so there's something that's all. We have to understand or use the correct terms. Does it CRANK the engine or not?
Terminals "look" good? Means little they have to both look good then you could test them but it took a jump suggest they aren't good or battery is no good or not holding a charge which is why I asked you to charge it with a charger there hasn't been enough time since I replied for you to do that.


What does a "flooded" battery mean? If this car went under water for any reason up and over the battery you have so much more to worry about that if it runs at all it's probably a total loss - so is this a "flood" car meaning water flooded?


That's first. If so it might have worked right away but so much is lurking and would for years it's just salvage now if water was high enough this ends the problems with this car so tell us,


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Johann1000
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Nov 21, 2017, 4:27 AM

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Ok, update time.

It was only the battery, I removed it after I got home from work yesterday, charged it overnight, and still didn't start, so I took it to a battery centre they tested it, and sure enough it's dead as can be.

I got a new battery and it's been half a day now without problems, so I'm hoping it's fixed now.


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 21, 2017, 5:00 AM

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So far so good but you don't need to guess. Get even a cheap DVOM (digital, volt/ohm meter) and watch the voltage go up when it's running to see if it's charging at all. Should be ~13.5 to 14.5 +/- while running.
Without worrying YET - now just look at voltage when it's been off for a while but don't leave a door open or allow any hood or other lights to be on check voltage just after an overnight for example. Should really be 12.5V or so not much off from that. If so and you tested just those two things properly you should now be all set.


If it's not within spec over some time then there's a lurking problem like a parasitic drain to find and get to right away or it would ruin the now new battery but don't freak just yet, check so you can know you are all set or not for peace of mind,


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