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hi folks,

i'm pretty new to discos, i only bought it (a 1995 300tdi ES) about 6 months ago and it's been going great.. but now i have a serious starting problem.. basically it's not starting at all. it first started when i couldnt start it and i had to get a rangie to jump start me. i drove about 12 miles home and when i got home, i tried to start it again and nothing. the lights dim, and the starter clicks like a machine gun. tried jump starting off a 325i bmw, but no joy. the starter turns about twice and then nothing.. the mechanic i had look at it reckons its the starter motor, but i have doubts about this, as the remote locking keyfob doesnt even lock the doors, indicating a flat battery... any ideas on this, or previos experience with this issue?? many thanks in advance..

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Gareth, I had the same problem with my Disco, turned out it was just corrosion on the battery cables and a bad ground (earth). I whipped them off, cleaned them up, got a jump start and went for a long drive to charge up the battery. End of problem.

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lastsaturday said:
hi folks,

i'm pretty new to discos, i only bought it (a 1995 300tdi ES) about 6 months ago and it's been going great.. but now i have a serious starting problem.. basically it's not starting at all. it first started when i couldnt start it and i had to get a rangie to jump start me. i drove about 12 miles home and when i got home, i tried to start it again and nothing. the lights dim, and the starter clicks like a machine gun. tried jump starting off a 325i bmw, but no joy. the starter turns about twice and then nothing.. the mechanic i had look at it reckons its the starter motor, but i have doubts about this, as the remote locking keyfob doesnt even lock the doors, indicating a flat battery... any ideas on this, or previos experience with this issue?? many thanks in advance..

Gareth
You have a dead battery, do to either a bad alternator or dirty cables. I would suggest you have someone cgarge up the battery and then have a load test done on the charging system. You should be fine, good luck,
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thanks Guys, for the advice. i'm going to take the battery down to the local kwik-fit place and get them to check it. if it's knackered, i'll borrow a good one and hopefully start the car. i'll then take it down and get them to check the alternator etc... many thanks again, i'll let you know the outcome.

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well, it turns out the battery was shot. it showed 12v but the amps were just about zero. i put a new one in (€70) and i'm back in business. i also cleaned up the terminal connectors, earth from the starter to the body, so hopefully that's that.

i should really get my 20 quid back off the mechanic who told me i needed a new starter motor... bastard..
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thanks guys..

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Gareth:
As John and Mike said,suspect of dirty battery contacts first,as they get wasted and corroded over time with normal use.Then have a check at the battery and alternator/charging system.Now that you have a new battery,you should check your charging system,you might spend some extra cash,but worth it at the long run,as if you do have a shot alternator or something else on your charging stytem,it will ruin your new battery.
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Gareth, check out the charging system with a voltmeter, should be around the 13.5Volts area. Ive had 3x alternators on my rangie (200 Tdi) and when the diode pack kicks the bucket it also flattens the battery. BAZZ. :bgreen:
 

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Baking soda mixed with water will remove the corrosion build up at the battery on the cables. Make a bunch and pour!
 

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howyra fellows,

yeah, when i went back to pay for the battery i had the guy put a battery tester over it and it registered just under 14v. seems ok. i did notice last night however, that the negative terminal has picked up some white fluff.. i wonder if it indicates an earthing problem somewhere..

i'll look at it afte this shitty weather clears.

cheers for the info guys,
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You also need to look at the Amp output. You can have one of 5 cells good and it will show 14V, but as soon as you put a load on it it croaks like a Frenchie.
 
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