i recently switched to Giulietta, with a GT (JTD) waiting in front of the house for sale. since i don't want to put more kilometers on 179'000km, I am not using the GT at all. Once a week or so, i run it so that the battery won't die.
Anyways, it has been about one week since last time, and this saturday i tried to start it again. since one could expect difficulty to start from cold from a diesel, i turned the key 1-2 times to MAR and then back before cranking it up, hoping the glow plugs can ease the start-up. unfortunately, when i tried to start the engine, it didn't work. i mean, it tried to rev the crank but nothing happened a few seconds, so, i stopped. i tried a few times, and then realized that the dash lights are going on and off when the starter is trying to turn the crank. i didn't want to push further, but possibly it registered a few errors meanwhile
so, i turned off the car, and then took off the (-)ve terminal of the battery, to have a look at it later. i thought, it would be nice to ask some advice before I approach the car again.
the car is in zurich, and although not the coldest of the conditions, it is parked outside with temperatures around 0-10 celcius. it is also parked on a tilt, with front side up, so the liquids will be gathered to the back side of the car.
somehow, i didn't check whether the battery light shows 'depleted' yet. but, before disconnection, the lights and car windows were working fine, so the battery is not totally dead. my first idea was to warm up the engine block (somehow) before trying it again. possibly a hair dryer to move the ambient temperature in the compartment a bit up. is this a problem? (other than possibly requiring a lot of time to do)
i was also thinking to move the car to a level surface, so that the liquids settle better. though, i am not sure about moving it without the brakes working ;-)
do you have any suggestions to make it start again, so that it can charge the battery, and i can keep it live for sale