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 Posted: Jul 24, 2022 07:43AM
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Dan,

 

>  did you install the new battery before leaving the car dormant for a couple of years... or after, when you tried to start it?

I should have elaborated. I installed the battery when trying to start it after being dormant.

>  was the car started periodically or did you connect a battery tender? 

 

It was sporadically started using it's old battery--I think I had to jump start it a couple of time in the past. But it was never driven.


When I first installed the battery and tried to start it(around a week ago), the engine cranked but it didn't start; I tried it several times. So I left it at that until some parts arrived(basic tune up). I went to start it later(couldnt wait for the parts I guess) it cranked without starting. The second time I tried to start it, it started clicking as if the battery has been drained...which I am not entirely sure what it means, because the battery was almost 4 days old at the time.

 

I suspect it being one, many, or all of the following:


    • Starter Motor
    • Ignition Coil/Plugs/Wires
    • Alternator
    • Petrol Pump
    • Battery
    • Ignition Switch/immobilizer

 

 

 Posted: Jul 24, 2022 04:06AM
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CA
Madani:

It isn't clear: did you install the new battery before leaving the car dormant for a couple of years... or after, when you tried to start it?

When left dormant, was the car started periodically or did you connect a battery tender? In modern cars, when you turn them off, certain electronic systems continue to run, such as the security system (including the remote door lock system), the radio (to retain settings) etc. These draws can drain a battery in a month or so (or less?), so leaving the car would end up in a flat battery and possible loss of security settings etc., besides being unable to crank the engine. Depending on the electronic systems, they may also refuse to operate if the required voltage drops below a certain value - to protect those systems.
So even if you put a new battery in, settings may have been lost.

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"Hang on a minute lads....I've got a great idea."

 Posted: Jul 24, 2022 12:35AM
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Facing the same issue with my 06 S. I am not entirely sure, but I think it's either the starter motor, the ignition coil, or the alternator. Mind you I installed a 540A 60Ah battery, I suspect--until proven otherwise--that the battery is oversized and might have damaged something. I am waiting for some tune up parts to arrive before I fiddle more with it. 

The car has been dormant for a couple of years, so it might as well be anything else. 

I'll update you once something happens. 

Final thought, I read somewhere that striking the starter motor-with a stick or something--might do the trick temporarily...I couldn't test it because I couldn't reach it and I don't have the appropriate jacks to do so. 

 Posted: Jul 1, 2022 12:38PM
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Have you tried jewish lighting?? can of gas and match??

 Posted: Jul 1, 2022 08:26AM
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I have a 04 mini.  It wouldnt start.  Brand new battery.  Fuel pump is engaging.  Acting like it was immobilized.  So did a reset.  Now it is just making a clicking sound when try to start.  Any suggestions would be appreciated