Had a few problems with my car battery dying on me over last couple of weeks. was meant to be picking up a new from a mate who works at VW today.
Yesterday my battery was flat. car was facing wrong way round to bump it off, so my mate said he would bring over his battery charger / starter.
and so he did. he connected to the battery in my car (whilst still connected to the car) put it on charge for a few mins then switch it to start mode so i could start my car as i needed to somewhere else.
The charger made a funny noise, and then it sounded like an auxillery water pump or the after run pump starting working despite no keys in the car! He turned off the charger and i went into the car. I could immediately smell electrical burning! my first action was to remove the fuse cover and he smell was stronger. so i removed dash panel and pulled the fuse holder down checking the wires and fuses. nothin warm and blown. I then checked the few relays and big fuses further under the dash, again nothing warm nor apparent.
decided to charge the battery disconnected from the car for a bit. after a while i put the battery back in and tried starting the car. the engine would turn over but not fire! after a few secs a warning light came on the dash (!) in red!
left the car for the nite with the battery disconnected and tried again this morning.
same thing, car turns over but not fire, only this time i dont get the warning on the dash yet dash appears to work ok on self test etc.
I dont have a laptop anymore and none of my friends do. I can get hold of one but wont be until tomorrow!
I need car today as im on call most of the day for the fire service and i have an appointment at 2pm today!
does anyone have any ideas on where to look or what the problem might be? i know a laptop would be a great help but its not an option right now.