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    HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

    This noon my wee Boxey wouldnt turn the starter engine.
    On came the old "dak-dak-dak" sound you get when the battery is dead or low on juice.
    What puzzled me is that the whole system (i.e. all intruments and warning lamps) turned on and off at the same speed as the "dak-dak-dak" sound, making the lamps go "on-off-on-off-on-off" within one second.
    I have never seen this before. Usually the warning lamps/instruments just dim a bit when u try to start the engine.

    So, I got it started via our rental car.
    We drove appr. 40 km, and during the trip I tired turning off the engine and starting it again. Same problem. Wont start.
    Even gave it a good shove one the freeway but that didnt help either.

    I tried disconnecting one battery pole/clamp, still nothing.
    The radio keeps coming back on even tho I turn it off. But even tho the radio lights up, you cant control it or use it. Only after disconnecting the battery.
    Very strange.

    I dunno - to me it doesnt sound like a normal flat battery - especially since the system lamps seem to go crazy.
    But could it be the battery none-the-less? (Systems work perfectly once the car is running)

    What about the generator?
    Since the battery doesnt charge, even after a 40 km drive, maybe the generator can charge it.....or would all systems fail if the generator is dead?

    Argh! Annoying sh!t on a Sunday afternoon!
    I even had to get heelp from a guy in a Mercedes SLK! AAAAH! The shame! The humiliation!

    Re: HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

    Might have had a battery cell go down. Sounds like battery to me. Low volts. Hence strange effects. But I am not an automotive engineer. Not an electronics one, either, just spent an hour trying to get my Panansonic HDD recorder to behave itself. At the moment it's DVD recorder 1 dreamcar 0.

    Re: HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

    had same with dak dak dak sound last year.
    the battery does not have enough to get the engine started...
    driving an hour did not help.
    new battery was required.
    good luck...

    Re: HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

    the starter sound and the flashing dash lights are indicative of a dead battery - the Porsche ones seem to last about 4-5 years.

    Re: HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

    4 years for my boxster..

    Re: HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

    Thanks guys!
    I will push my Boxey to the dealer tomorrow.


    Re: HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

    Bingo! It was simply the battery

    Re: HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

    hope you were more clever than me and got your battery somewhere else than a pcar dealer :-)

    Re: HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

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    Jeannot said:
    hope you were more clever than me and got your battery somewhere else than a pcar dealer :-)


    Erm...no? Wasnt 100% sure what the problem was, so I DID take it to my dealer. They fixed it within 15 minutes installing a new battery. Why?

    (I know its expensive as hell at the P-dealer, but I'm selling the car, and dont wanna chance it now)

    Re: HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

    I left the key in the ignition yesterday and lo and behold dak-dak-dak lights flashing intune as well. Another tell tale that the battery is dead - the fin comes up. That was my first sign that something was not quite right. P Roadside assistance came aroud and replaced it, done and dusted in at 45 mins. So I was smiling.

    Re: HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

    Quote:
    Dr. Phil said:

    I even had to get heelp from a guy in a Mercedes SLK! AAAAH! The shame! The humiliation!




    Forget about it...no shame no humiliation - A stopped Boxster is better than a running SLK anyday of the week

    Re: HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

    Quote:
    Dr. Phil said:
    Quote:
    Jeannot said:
    hope you were more clever than me and got your battery somewhere else than a pcar dealer :-)


    Erm...no? Wasnt 100% sure what the problem was, so I DID take it to my dealer. They fixed it within 15 minutes installing a new battery. Why?

    (I know its expensive as hell at the P-dealer, but I'm selling the car, and dont wanna chance it now)



    Exactly the price reason...but I guess that the trick: you check it at the p-dealer, and then you think "why bother?"

    Good to hear it was 'only' the battery !

    Re: HEEELP! Car stalls! Battery or generator dead?

    Just make sure the reason the battery failed wasn't because the generator (alternator?) wasn't charging it properly, or you'll be pushing from the back again.

     
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