Vauxhall Astra Mk4 wont start?
Really no idea whats going on here..
4 Months ago I purchased a Mark 4 (2001) Y Reg, Astra. 1.8 16V SRi. Beautiful car.. Runs perfectly - never had a single problem with it.. Sometimes - it will be a little slugish on the ignition turn.. i.e - sounds like its struggling to start.. But after 2 sluggish turns - it starts no problem..
As of late - it has cut itself out a few times - it seems to be when the cars on a vertical slope pointing upwards.. But nothing to concern me about. Give it a little rev and it ticks over perfectly. Sometimes - the dash will 'flicker'.. I.e - the petrol gauge needle will fly up - back down and then to the proper reading.. I noticed also when I put my Hazards on the other day - that the lights on the dashboard dim and flicker when the indicator lights flash simultaneously..
Well. Tonight - I pull over into a layby just to grab some eats before heading off again.. Turned the ignition off - left the sidelights on.. not a problem usually.
Went to start the car again and noticed the lights - headlights and fog lights were producing hardly any light.. Went to start the car and nothing! It ticks once, then all the lights go off, inside and on the dash - and nothing.. Release key and start process over.. Sometimes it'll flash the Garage + Spanner symbol after attempting to turn - but not every time..
Never had any problems - and ideas?
Im presuming this is electrical (yay).. I wouldnt of presumed it was the Battery as Radio / Dash is getting power.. Had troubles locking it! Had to do that manually..
Serviced not long ago..
Any ideas is gratefully appreciated.. Gonna get RAC out tommorow if cant figure it out.. As its still in the layby :(
Battery - Starter Motor - Alternator> No warning lights on.
get some nail varnish remover and a good rag , stick it down your carb and CLEAN all the muck out......carefuly...............worked fine for me
this is a voltage issue and we need to look at connections and wiring condition especially at battery. battery may also be on way out ( fairly likely)
if all connection to battery are clean and good. check battery out ,possibly best to replace anyway. ( I would) if we still have same issues then it will be a poor connections along system and needs to be traced eg bulkhead connecting block.
Battery and or alternator. I would go for the alternator being faulty but if the battery is over 3 years or so old it will have taken that out as well.
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