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ChrisS
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Non-starter

Post by ChrisS » Mon 03 Mar, 2014 13:56

Just a relay click when I turn the ignition key.
Battery was replaced two years ago and the trickle charger indicates that it's fully charged.
Doors go up and down at the usual speed.
No headlights and the fuel gauge shows empty, though the tank is nearly full.
All fuses in the big fuse box look OK.

Any ideas?

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Racing Tortoise
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Re: Non-starter

Post by Racing Tortoise » Mon 03 Mar, 2014 14:43

Starter motor?
Currently: bereft of Z1
Previously: 1991 Ur-grun Z1 and 1991 Traum-schwartz Z1

felix
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Re: Non-starter

Post by felix » Mon 03 Mar, 2014 15:40

Headlamps only work with the ignition on. With the ignition on do the headlamps and/or the fresh air fan work? If no my first guess is the ignition switch (assuming the battery really is OK - can you check it with a volt meter?). If they do is the immobiliser playing up?

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TJS
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Re: Non-starter

Post by TJS » Mon 03 Mar, 2014 21:14

I had a very similar problem. The car very occasionally cut out and the ignition was dead. I suspected an aftermarket alarm / immobiliser unit

Turned out to be the ignition. Follow the wiring from the ignition switch down the steering column and throught the bulk head and you will come across a connecter which in my case was loose. Pulled it apart, cleaned and reassembled. Problem solved

TJS

ChrisS
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Re: Non-starter

Post by ChrisS » Tue 04 Mar, 2014 11:18

I think it was the immobiliser er... immobilising. I had left the doors open, so that the charger cables could reach the battery and I think the immobiliser got out of phase with the doors locks. That's a relief, especially as it's a sunny day.

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Re: Non-starter

Post by sfh3l » Mon 17 Mar, 2014 08:39

That is a relief. They are a complete pain in the arse
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