<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Banflu:
<strong>haha... yet ANOTHER "would not start" thread
i was (trying to) study a little bit today and mum came into my room telling me to quickly go in the garage cause the Alfa wouldnt start and dad had already started "taking some pieces off it" laughing
i did and when i arrived he said the battery was totally dead - how's that for a quick "diagnostic" wink
he then tried to tow-start it (in down-hill slope). i told him not to, cause of the cats, but he doesnt believe in this "new-****"
so he tried to tow start it a couple of times, but it didnt start...
so i removed the battery and put it on the battery charger (checking the electrolyte level first, that was ok.)
it wasnt taking any current even on the maximum setting, so i had to assume it was fully charged right? quick shortcut: short the terminals, a somewhat strong spark should be apparent. but nothing happened, i.e. battery is fooked.
installed another battery (off an opel corsa, same Ah rating eek! ) and started ok, & parked it in the garage.
so new battery coming up soon - any brand recommendations, anyone?
PS: how much would such a diagnosis cost from the dealership? laughing
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Depending on the age of your car, replacing the battery may only be a temporary solution. Have you had the "Alternator wiring" campaign done to your car? (I know you probably would have already, but its worth a check....! Seeing as I have a no-start problem, I know how it feels! At least you could self-diagnose and sort out!)