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JeremyG
post 24th July 2019 07:02
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Looking at that middle picture - how are your headlight adjusters?

If they’re broken that’s a guaranteed MoT fail so definitely worth fixing now while you have the front off the car...
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STEVIE BOY
post 4th August 2019 17:25
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 24th July 2019 08:02) *
Looking at that middle picture - how are your headlight adjusters?

If they’re broken that’s a guaranteed MoT fail so definitely worth fixing now while you have the front off the car...



I will take a look!!

Just changing the spark plugs, usual swimming in olive oil
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post 17th October 2019 22:25
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Hey Stevie - any updates on your project???
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STEVIE BOY
post 27th October 2019 14:30
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 17th October 2019 22:25) *
Hey Stevie - any updates on your project???


Hey up.

Not progressed on 145 as Ive had a nightmare at work, last 3 or 4 months, i started a new job with new employer, then the lackey who really did most of the work disappeared pretending to be ill and never came back(perhaps she thought she should have got the job) So ive been doing 60/70 hr weeks whilst trying to stop the boat sinking and restoring order with some recruitment etc. Now its getting back to normal but the sunlight has gone!

Anyway, latest issues are today as ive gone to start her up, the new battery is totally and utterly dead, and i mean dead, it doesn't register on the battery charger such that it wont attempt to charge it, my quick jump battery thing wont work with it, and my battery analyser wont analyse it, even the old battery that's been on the floor outside in the rain for 6 months registers on my battery analyser. So what could have drawn so much current to ruin the battery whilst the cars not been turned over for 3 months or so? It was a brand spanking new battery. Is the bat the right spec (see photo).

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post 27th October 2019 23:47
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Have you got an old skool battery charger Stevie? Its usually the case that the newer smarter chargers wont detect/play nice with batteries that are too flat as they can't "see" them. An old skool charger usually doesn't care. If you do have one, give it a try for a couple of hours (keep an eye on it though) and see if that brings it up enough for the newer charger or your analyser to see it.

Edit: Before doing the above, check to see the voltage its currently at with a multimeter if you can.

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post 28th October 2019 09:37
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I've got a car or two that live outside for extended periods under covers and in garages and don't get used-

here's my top tip;

bring the battery indoors.

On this era of stuff, unless you are using the car for a good-drive every ten days or so; you are going to get into trouble. Batteries never go dead whilst sitting in the warmth of a house disconnected.

What happens (which Ganz is referring to) is that 'intelligent' chargers identify through impedance that one of the cells in the battery has 'cracked' and then elect not to attempt charging. This happens on deep discharge trickle-drain right-to-zero scenarios; where a battery is left for an extended period in a vehicle without charge.
An older non-intelligent charger won't know anything about this and will just try and bulk-charge the battery despite the damaged cell.

If you are lucky; the damaged cell will allow continuity through-it to sustain charging the remaining 7 (?) cells, and the residual charging process may be enough to turn the car over. However, it is unlikely to continue in service as a usable battery.

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post 28th October 2019 16:13
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 28th October 2019 09:37) *
here's my top tip;
bring the battery indoors.
On this era of stuff, unless you are using the car for a good-drive every ten days or so; you are going to get into trouble. Batteries never go dead whilst sitting in the warmth of a house disconnected.


I'd agree on that although obviously you could always just disconnect the battery and leave it in situ; or invest on one of those solar-powered trickle chargers to keep the battery topped up.

(This was a regular topic of conversation on the AO Spider/GTV forum, what with Spiders in particular rarely being daily drivers.)

You can also purchase isolator switches that sit between battery and positive lead so you can disconnect the power without getting your hands dirty... this type of thing:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battery-Isolator-S...6QEVC6AGC776R7V
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post 28th October 2019 23:23
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QUOTE(STEVIE BOY @ 23rd June 2019 22:26) *
Starting on the offside, the wishbones are really bad!! Otherwise, nothing too serious though.


Bloody hell. I thought mine were bad but these are no3.gif


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