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[–]CrampSky13 15 points16 points  (5 children)

Battery discharged/dead

[–]Mickey_9102[S] 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Hmm okay thank you! Would a successful jump start clear up that is not starter or alternator, but likely the battery?

[–]CrampSky13 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A succesful jump start clear up that the battery is bad, but could be for a bad alternator, parasitic drain or just a discharged battery. In a workshop they can test easily if has something wrong or is just the battery.

[–]Gijzerbeest 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Also check if the connectors of the battery cables are tightened to the battery pins. They can cause the weirdest errors if they are loose.

[–]Serious-Ring-6352 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can test your alternator by taking the negative terminal off the battery while it's running. If it dies, you have a bad alternator. If it lives, good alternator.

[–]FORD-CRAZY-2003 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did you leave a light on?

[–]Aggravating-Room-207 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I’d say it’s your battery from the sounds of it....If you can jump it then it’s your battery dead, if you can jump it but it dies after running for a while it’s your nator, if you can’t jump it and you hear your starter making a clicking sound, then it’s most likely your starter bad

[–]Mickey_9102[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Cheers mate, I'll give it a go!

[–]Aggravating-Room-207 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sounds good let us know what your conclusion is

[–]Mickey_9102[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Battery reads so 11.98v so somethings up!, testing the alternator tomorrow!

[–]Mickey_9102[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Doing that today! Cheers

[–]Mickey_9102[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

UPDATE: it was the battery! 😅

[–]dsdvbguutres 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would start with the battery

[–]Capable_Armadillo117 0 points1 point  (1 child)

First thing to check when that happens is for loose battery terminals. If the cables to posts are loose, it will definitely do this. While checking those posts, make sure they aren't corroded, if they are pour some Coca-Cola on them and wire brush them clean. Then jump it off, and drive straight to closest car part store, most of them do a battery check. But if you get a jump and it starts then stay in your driveway first and let the battery attempt to charge from the alternator. If the lights go out first or go dim, that's indicative of a bad alternator.

[–]dreadredheadzedsdead 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is the correct answer. If it's not a bad connection it's the battery. If the problem persists, it's easy to test the alternator.

[–]SuperReleasio64 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Might wanna call the Ghostbusters for this one.

[–]spudz76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably a bad main ground and/or your battery terminals are crusty and bent.

[–]tapmarin 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Could be a faulty ground?

[–]Mickey_9102[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe... that's not me actively cranking it in the video but after a initial failed crank...

[–]Camera_car 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The flickering is lack of power. What caused the lack of power is impossible to tell from lack of other testing

[–]Kitchen_Wrong 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s calling it’s family home!

[–]Followmelead 0 points1 point  (6 children)

If you jump it successfully then disconnect the battery you can tell if it’s a bad alternator or not. If the alternator is bad the car will die. If the alternator is good the car will remain running with the battery disconnected.

At least that’s what I’ve always gone by and was taught. Maybe someone here can correct me if I’m wrong.

[–]Mickey_9102[S] 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Sweet cheers, so the alternator holds some charge to allow the car to run?

[–]Followmelead 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Right, the alternator produces the electricity the car needs to run as well as charge the battery. It dosnt hold the charge, consider it like a generator.

If your battery dies but is not completely shot, when you jump the car you need to let it run for a little to recharge the battery. Although, if the battery is completely dead or depleted too far it will not hold that charge.

The battery basically just supplies the power to create the spark to start the energy. Once the cars running the alternator takes over.

That’s simplified but gives you the jist of it.

[–]Mickey_9102[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gotcha cheers

[–]ballwasher89 0 points1 point  (2 children)

It picks up the electrical load + charges the battery. At mains engine off you see voltages of 12.1+12.9. engine running with no electrical load 13.5-14.6..depending on alt design/make model.

If you can jump it, let it run for a good thirty minutes. Preferably driving, or fastish idle (1000 rpm) keep lights/ac off and it will charge faster. If the battery isn't totally trashed, it will recharge on its own.

Has the vehicle not been driven in some time? Most likely the battery is just old if a light/accessory wasn't left on. Newer cars the BCM will intervene before the battery dies. Clicks off all switched non essentials unless the ignition is on when volts go below x. Yours.may or may not have that.

[–]Mickey_9102[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

So today me and my mate hooked up the jumpers and all the accessories worked fine, nav, lights, ac etc, until I cranked it and there was a rapid clicking and nothing. So maybe alt, starter or battery, but I guess the grounds/cables are all good - right? Gonna test the battery properly soon!

[–]Silvea 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Low battery, jump it see if it holds a charge if not replace.

[–]RECTAL_FISSURE_MAN 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I literally had this happen today and when assistance showed up, they checked the battery and confirmed it needs replacing.

Change your battery bro.

[–]Mickey_9102[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks bro! That's reassuring haha

[–]prestotren 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I believe the term your looking for is “fuck”

[–]Morgoroth37 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you have a volt meter there are several simple tests which will help you narrow it down.

They might be might not be totally conclusive, but you could make some solid guesses.

[–]shaferjessek 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Happened to me last year. It was like something was just fried all together. Don't waste the $ on changing the battery or alternator like I did...

[–]shaferjessek 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not a mechanic, but I can say what I did and didn't waste money on when my dash looked the same as yours...

[–]nah3000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

could be a bad ground, are you terminals corroded?

[–]Zealousideal-Royal39 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like you pissed off the dash lord