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    HELP! Alternator/Battery

    Hi all,

    Just bought a 2002 nogaro blue s3 after 5 years of saving and searching...

    Had it a week with no probs until today when I was cleaning the cream leather seats (which had 127k worth of dirt on them) and the the battery light came on the dash display with a long 'bleep'

    I was listening to the radio at the time but had only been on for about 20mins?!

    Now when I turn ignition the battery logo comes up on dash display and it wont start.

    Have I run it flat in space of 20 mins?!?!

    Thanks in advance!

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    Yes sounds like it, is it used much? if so its prob new battery time...

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    Thanks for this mate,
    I've only just bought it but its been sat doing nothing for 3 days?
    I've just tried it again and it failed to start, but once id taken keys out I popped the bonnet and the alternator was making a fast ticking noise for quite some time!?
    Does this not point to a problem with the alternator itself?
    Thanks again

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    I'd bet on the battery, mines just had a new one after having similar problems to what you describe (after only a few days standing it would fail to crank).
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    Cheers mate,
    I hope it is just battery but does anyone know why the alternator would be making noise even when the keys are out??
    thanks

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    The ticking you describe sounds like the evap system, very close to the alternator

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    The battery on my van is on it's last legs, 10 minutes listening to the radio kills it pretty much stone dead. They don't last forever, either get a new one or get it tested. problem is anywhere that tests it will tell you it's fooked cos they want to sell you a new one!

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    if your on a budget most scrap yards will sell you a battery for a tenner. my local one even gives 6mth guarantee with them!
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    I'd say the noise you're hearing is likely to be the after run water pump as suggested by s3dave which runs for 10-15mins every time you turn the ignition off regardless of temperature.

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