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#1 OFFLINE   purplebargeken

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Posted 23 October 2016 - 01:38 PM

Having obtained a silver 156 Sportwagon in dizzle flavour from our very own Moog of this Parish. I decided to visit the barn in Essex to give it some cosmetic attention as the plan was to get my mate to drive it to the local lock up at the weekend. The aim was to tackle the small bits of rust and scratches that adorn its svelte bodywork and just give it a bit of attention.

 

This visit coincided with my multi-Daf owning mate who needed to move a small white Volvo 66 saloon under the eaves of the barn. The plan was to move the Alfa, lob the Volvo in the barn and then put the Alfa at the front of the queue ready for Saturday.

 

Well, that was the plan.

 

It would have worked superbly but for one teeny tiny thing. The Alfa battery was as flat as a skinny pancake. Zilch, no warning lights or anything. Arsebiscuits.

 

Ok, no problem. The Sable is next to it and a set of jump leads were used. Feck all difference. The engine did a half-arsed (at best) attempt to growl but no way was it going to fire. Am pretty sure I hadn't left anything 'on' electrically.

 

It has been a good few weeks since I was at the barn but I didn't anticipate the battery death, sadly I didn't have a socket set handy to remove the lump of a thing. I have a good trickle charger to try and resurrect the battery once off. A new one is around 70 quid so that will have to wait a while :(

 

It was looking a bit tidier on the bodywork mind.


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#2 OFFLINE   purplebargeken

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Posted 23 October 2016 - 04:33 PM

I seem to recall an issue with a battery drain but this was cured with a bulb replacement I think?



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Posted 23 October 2016 - 06:08 PM

I seem to recall an issue with a battery drain but this was cured with a bulb replacement I think?


There was a battery drain that Moog sorted. When I had it, it never got left more than a day or two, but had been standing for a good few months before I bought it. With that in mind, the battery might not be up to a long break in service. A good trickle charge may sort it, though.
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Posted 23 October 2016 - 06:14 PM

Yeah, has to be worth a try. Annoyed that I'd left my tools at home :(



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Posted 23 October 2016 - 06:21 PM

I had a 164 on which the battery died. It was located in the boot. However the only key I had for the car didn't work in the bootlid. The seats didn't fold down and, obviously, the boot release button on the dash didn't work either...

Much swears occurred
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Posted 23 October 2016 - 07:29 PM

Ah, I did enjoy driving that Alfa gently* around Knockhill back in June...

 

I got 17-Coffees using the imaginary brake pedal in the passenger footwell a few times, whereas Tickman was cool as the proverbial cucumber the whole time.

 

 

However, it was bloody hanging back then, how bad is it now?



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Posted 23 October 2016 - 09:01 PM

It is less hanging now. It will be even less hanging in a few months time ;)



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Posted 23 October 2016 - 09:23 PM

If I can de-dog the PBK Golf, this will be a valeting breeze in the park.



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Posted 24 October 2016 - 04:14 PM

The bulb fixed the drain and then I trickle charged the battery which brought it back to life. Never had an issue after that.

Longest it went without being used was 2 weeks after which it was fine.

Trying to remember whether I ended up putting a new battery in it (perhaps not). Will check just in case.

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 06:37 AM

I'm hoping to pop back either tomorrow or at the weekend to get the battery out. Might be worth checking the bulbs and connections just for the sheer hell of it. The charger I have is a good one, so fingers crossed.



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Posted 25 October 2016 - 09:34 AM

Take a multimeter and check for drain. After I changed the bulb out (right rear brake light) it was happy as Larry.

That said I did do mega Google about it and they seem to be prone to brake lights still glowing even with keys out.

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Posted 27 October 2016 - 07:35 PM

A multi-what? I possess no new fangled elektrickery stuff.



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Posted 27 October 2016 - 07:59 PM

A multi-what? I possess no new fangled elektrickery stuff.


Stick your tongue on one terminal of the battery and a wet finger on the other. If you look like Leo Sayer it's charging ok.
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Posted 27 October 2016 - 08:00 PM

You've seen my hair haven't you. I'd need a lot more than what the car could pump out. 


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Posted 27 October 2016 - 08:02 PM

I think an Afro would suit you mate :-)

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Posted 27 October 2016 - 08:36 PM

You need more medication. Lots and lots.

 

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Posted 27 October 2016 - 08:57 PM

You need more medication. Lots and lots.
 
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Posted 27 October 2016 - 09:00 PM

You need less drugs, much, much less drugs!


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Posted 27 October 2016 - 09:11 PM

A multi-what? I possess no new fangled elektrickery stuff.

Lick both fingers. Unplug negative battery terminal. Stick one wet finger on batter and one on battery terminal.

Get your assistant to pull fuses. When your hair is less art garfunkel you have found the drain.

No need to thank me
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Posted 28 October 2016 - 11:29 AM

If a multi-meter is too daunting, your weapon of choice is one of these:

 

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You can find one in a well-stocked pound shop.


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Posted 28 October 2016 - 08:28 PM

I think that would be a good option!



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Posted 28 October 2016 - 08:39 PM

Ken, If you need me to pop up to The Barn in the 75 with its new heavy duty battery and some decent leads let me know, I am about on Sunday.


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Posted 28 October 2016 - 09:47 PM

You are on mate! What time?



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Posted 28 October 2016 - 09:52 PM

Sunday morning, I should be up and about by 9 'ish so I could be up there before 10.

 

PM me your number again as your number is on my old phone, I could meet you in that carpark again on the Ongar Rd? Then onto barn..


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Posted 28 October 2016 - 10:00 PM

Perfect. I shall also bring sockets and spanners, contact cleaner and a glowy jabby electrical thingy as pictured above.



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Posted 30 October 2016 - 02:04 PM

Just going to leave these pics here and let Ken provide the gory deets. In a nutshell we couldn't get the Alfa started this morning.

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Posted 30 October 2016 - 02:07 PM

Ouch, did it kill that meaty fuse?

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Posted 30 October 2016 - 02:10 PM

RE veehicle lectrix, I heart my Power Probe II.

Safe now. Everything's lead lined.

 

 


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Posted 30 October 2016 - 03:13 PM

Cheers matey, There was nothing when I switched the ignition on, no lights or anything. I am guessing this fuse blew as a result of us using jump leads? I've used them for years without any issue.

 

The battery is off now and will be trickle charged as a matter of course. 

 

I obviously need a new fuse!!!!



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Posted 30 October 2016 - 03:14 PM

Ther was also a small nut missing from the threaded post next to it as you can see in the picture. 






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