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Re: Stone cold dead

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From: Andrew Duane USG/PE <duane@zk3.dec.com>
To: Quattro List <quattro@coimbra.ans.net>
Date: Thursday, April 09, 1998 9:43 PM
Subject: Stone cold dead

>Apparently jealous that we bought a new car, Angela's 90Q20V
>acted up today, stranding her at work.
>It seems like the battery is dead, but it happened *quite* suddenly.
>All was well this morning, then this evening, nothing. Barely enough
>juice to light up the dome light. Central locking pump was dead,
>starter solenoid wouldn't even click. The voltmeter didn't move,
>but there is a little power; some dash lights glowed a little.
>But an attempt to jump start it failed. No effect at all, didn't
>even seem to load down the jumper car. Tried two different cars.
>Is it just a dead battery, maybe a broken cell? Tomorrow in the
>daylight I'm going to go up and disconnect the battery and try
>jumping it again.
>Andrew L. Duane (JOT-7) duane@zk3.dec.com
>Digital Equipment Corporation (603)-884-1294
>110 Spit Brook Road
>M/S ZKO3-3/U14
>Nashua, NH    03062-2698
>Only my cat shares my opinions, and she's too psychotic to express it
    If jumping it had no effect, you may have a bad connection in your main
power circuit. Check the connections at the battery and starter. It is
unusual for the wiring to fail, but it is possible. Even if your battery had
a dead cell, jumpering it should have restored power unless the battery has
an internal short. If this was the case, it would have loaded the jumpering


Fred Munro
'91 200q  248k km