Help again please!
I know that my battery is on its way out, hence my post yesterday evening. However I now think that I have another problem with the water pump running on after the ignition is switched off (the little one above the alternator at the front of the engine bay).
I know that this should run for a period of time after the ignition is switched off, but the story goes like this:
1. Yesterday morning the battery was flat (hadn't driven the car for 4 days), so I re-charged it out of the car for 4 hours during the evening & re-installed it before going to bed.
2. This morning the car started fine and I drove to work (12 miles) without any problems. So the battery clearly held its charge overnight and I thought the problem was just that it had lost charge sitting on the driveway for 4 days.
3. However, when I went to leave work this evening, the battery was dead again, only just turning the engine once. When I popped the bonnet to jump-start it, I could hear the water pump just about ticking over - but I had not driven the car for 8 hours! Seems to me like the pump is intermittently keeping running rather than cutting out.
Anyone else had this? Does it make sense to you?
Until I can get it looked at I'm thinking of just either removing the fuse (I think it's #16 in the handbook?) or removing the electrical connector directly from the pump when I park up and re-connecting before I start it up again. Do you reckon that'll be OK?