Join Date: 12th August 2008
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Car not starting-sidelights reseated.
quick easy reseating gone wrong..
I currently use Mr Jp's sidelights- one of them was playing up so this afternoon I decided to reseat the connector. My main beam light was also not seated correctly so I disconnected and reconnected the bulb.
Tested bulbs and its working fine (without ignition on). I had the lights on for about an hour as I was levelling them out with the adjusters. Took a while.
Fitted everything back together and re-tried lights; sidelights not working anymore. I also noticed my rear lights had stopped...bummer.
So I checked the manual and it pointed to fuse 15 (7.5amp). Obviously I didnt have a spare so I decided to use the rear fog fuse 20 (also 7.5amp-which I rarely use) and took that one out and placed it in fuse 15.
Tested rear lights and working. Checked front sidelights and nothing. Its now getting dark so I decided to check main beam working which was ok and decided to sort it out later on the in the week.
Come to start the car- Key in, all the normal lights on dash- no errors. press START and it chuckles...
I tried several times and the same. I switched on the lights (with the key in ignition) and they flicker... especially when set to auto. Now i'm scratching my head thinking what the heck went wrong....
My car was sitting idle for 4 days last week and with over an hour of lights switched on the battery maybe flat or not enough charge to get the car started. I've left the car battery charging from the mains and will try once fully charged.
What caused the fuse to blow? Me being an idiot and may have shorted something by accident?
The headlights flickering on AUTO, never happened before.. whats the cause?
After a full charge and IF the car doesnt start what shall I do next?
Is it possible that FUSE 2 under the bonnet (Headlight Main/Ignition Switch Main) has gone? If it has where can I get a replacement asap?