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Hi my mum has a Citroen C3, she stopped the car at her house

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Hi my mum has a Citroen C3, she stopped the car at her house and then a few moments later she tried to start the car but it would not start or would not turn the engine over, I put a multy meter on the battery and it is still charged, I checked the fuse box and found that the fuse for the started motor was blown, disconnected the battery and checked all the other fuses, (all ok) reconnected the battery, went through the BSI Reset procedure to clear the Eco mode error message on the dash, now all electrical systems are operational, tried to start the car again but nothing, only a little click nose coming from the fuse box area, engine will not turn over. Help!!


 


Its a manual  gear box.


 


Diesel  engine.

Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Rob replied 2 years ago.

Rob :

Hi. Although the battery is still reading the desired voltage it does not mean that it has enough amperage to turn the starter. the only way to test a battery properly is to use a discharge tester.

Rob :

An expected life of a battery can be from 4 years to 7 approx. is this the original battery?

Rob :

Do you have any jump leads and another car or a battery charger?

JACUSTOMER-mu29ngej- :

Hi Rob,

Rob :

Hi

JACUSTOMER-mu29ngej- :

Hi Rob, yes it’s the original battery with no issues up till now, I have jumped the battery from my Hyundai Santa Fe but no difference noticed.

Rob :

Hi how is your mechanical ability?

JACUSTOMER-mu29ngej- :

Pretty good.

JACUSTOMER-mu29ngej- :

I build gas turbines for a living

Rob :

the starter motor on this is only accessible from underneath and is a pain to get to then .most vehicles now a days have complex electronics on them and will kill the starter circuit when the battery is low to keep more important circuits alive what I would like you to do is with your multimeter check the main live to the solenoid when the ignition is turned to start position do you have a feed?

JACUSTOMER-mu29ngej- :

I have a set of ramps available tomorrow morning, and I will come back to you with an answer tomorrow, cheers that has got me thinking, do you need a reading at the starter fuse as well?

Rob :

Yes but only when cranking. I will be available from 5.30 tomorrow to help you further.

Rob :

regards rob

JACUSTOMER-mu29ngej- :

ok thanks Rob talk soon.

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