Right, looking for guidance with battery problems.
Over the last couple of months since its been cold, the car cranks slower on first startup in the mornings. I have attributed this to it being a 4 year old battery and it being on the way out. If i have done a long trip (30+ miles) it starts fine the next couple of days.
If the Mrs. has been pootling to work (2 miles) and back a few days in a row, the trouble starts. The car cranks slower each morning.
This morning, it cranks slowly and then dies and hasnt got enough charge to start. I call the AA and they send a contractor who tries a battery booster. No joy. So, he jumps it off of his battery. I tell him i have parts insurance through the AA and believe the battery if on the way out and he tells me i need a patrol van to inspect it before they replace parts....
So, i meet up with the patrol van 25 miles away and he puts on his battery tester and is gets good results
He then tells me i have a small voltage drain and thats the problem....but i dont think i have as every time i have seen the AA on battery issues they start the old "you have a voltage drain mate" saga's. I can also leave the car 2-3 days and it starts fine if it had a run before i turned it off.
So, as they refuse to change the battery, i took it to my indy to stick his battery tester on it and it got a good pass too. So he thinks as its only in the morning when cold it may be a problem with the starter motor.
This never used to be a problem and the short journeys have always been there so whats going wrong?
Anyone want to add to this?