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S3 Starting problems

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by mattyboy199, Sep 11, 2007.

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    My S3 is having trouble starting, only happened for the 1st time last night as though the battery was flat & again this morning but it started. I dont run anything in the car that would soak up any power only BOSE. No lights have been left on either can anyone help

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    I had starting problems on my 2000 S3, ended up being a duff battery, it had been in there since new. Halfords trade card gave me a half price 4yr guarantee calcium battery, no problems at all now...
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    Has the car had a new battery fitted at all? - Batteries would only last about 5 years anyway. IIRC audi batteries have a "inspection" light on the top so you can check the charge.

    Alternatively, it could be the alternator not charging the battery properly whilst the engine is running?
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    Yeah the battery would be 6 years old in Jan 08, wouldnt have thought it was the alternator as it seems to start everytime, just strggles to get there.
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    i checked out the battery light & is not lit basically ? so what does that mean ? also if the battery is to be replaced what about the plastic thing that clips into the sides ? where does that go ?
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    Changed my 99' S3 battery last year as it often struggled to start on first attempt, now all good. :)
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    well i ve changed the battery so i assume the fault will disappear.
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