Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Tunbridge Wells
Just to add to the long list of replies, when I took my GT for a test drive from the dealer four year's ago, I was overtaking on a dual carriageway when the MCSF message popped up and the car lost power forcing me to pull back behind the car I was trying to overtake. The poor salesman (young lad) almost crapped himself as we lost power with oncoming traffic on the otherside whch wouldn't have been a problem until the power died! The GT went into limp home mode so got us back to the dealership but lacked any acceleration.
The fix was a new battery at the dealers after which I bought the car. More recently, my car would start and suddenly cut out whether stood still or on the move, or alternatively, the dash lights would come on but would struggle to turn over or not turn over at all. This turned out to be a loose battery clamp at the negative terminal. The connector was loose despite being (over) tightened to the maximum extent possible. I took the clamp off, bent it about a bit with needle nose pliers and put it back on so it was a very tight fit. Problem solved.
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