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Old 02-03-18, 10:47 AM   #1
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Hi all I've got a 407 2.0 hdi estate 58. I tried starting it the other morning but run the battery down, I put a new battery on turned it over eventually it started went to work tried starting it the day after but no joy it's been on the drive all day yesturday and still won't start any ideas. I had a new battery put on when I bought the car last July and it's been awful sluggish in starting
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Old 02-03-18, 11:15 AM   #2
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What was the voltage when the engine was running? Possibly it could be the alternator not charging the battery. So take the battery out, charge it up and try it again.

Also glowplugs might need replacing.
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Old 02-03-18, 11:22 AM   #3
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Ok cheers mate can't do anything at the mo I need to get a multi metre and a battery charger. Will reply soon.?
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Old 02-03-18, 11:37 AM   #4
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hi...check earth connections...correct fully charged battery?could be a sluggish starter motor(.common fault),,...unlikely to be heater plugs.
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Not glow plugs its more likely the starter that is the real issue its a very common issue they get weak and turn engine too slow.

Most people go through fitting a battery sometimes even convincing themselves the alternator is faulty then they fit glowplugs THEN they get the starter done

I always go straight to the starter first and it does cure it most of the time
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Old 02-03-18, 12:05 PM   #6
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Thanks all for your responses I've now got something to go off I'll reply as soon as it's starting again can't do a lot in this weather.
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Old 02-03-18, 12:40 PM   #7
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reliable406 is pretty... well reliable about these faults, he's like a walking encyclopedia on Pugs

Now coming to think about it... my engine doesn't start up as spiritedly as my old 306 with moon miles on it does.... hmmm might be looking at a starter myself soon enough I guess!
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how cold is it were you are ? . i had this a few times when i worked for the rac , cold weather waxed fuel or filter , glow plugs ( needed some times for cold starts )
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His post states its been sluggish for a while before the cold even came !
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very true , but he first stated he run the battery down . could be many things and just checking the voltage at idle is not enough , i would be checking the amp load at charging and cranking . is the car doing lots of short trips ? , i know the starters are a weak point but it could be just a poor earth . just did not want the dude to throw cash at on a guess ( not doubting your knowledge dude )
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