2003 Vauxhall Meriva ba11
After running the car wont start the day after just a clicking noise but will start with charger

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mrs j oneill
Driver
3 points

Problem added: Aug 19, 2020 (4 months ago)
car will only start with charger on for 5 mins previous if try with key just makes clicking noise

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Car: Vauxhall Meriva
Variant: ba11
Model Year: 2003
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mrs j oneill
Driver
3 points

Aug 19, 2020 (4 months ago)
need to know if it is alternater or starter motor
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bustedknuckles
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2,289 points

Aug 19, 2020 (4 months ago)
If after charging it starts that rules out the starter motor ,your looking at a charging issue ,I would think ,so alternator ,battery ,fuse ,or cabling ,requires checking .
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whittingehame
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16,673 points

Aug 19, 2020 (4 months ago)
Charging battery for five mins does no good other than getting you started . You need to get battery load tested which will check for weak / dud cells . Then if o.k , charge overnight . If that doesn't fix it , you could have a " lazy " starter that drags the battery down .
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mrs j oneill
Driver
3 points

Aug 20, 2020 (4 months ago)
Replying to post by bustedknuckles:
If after charging it starts that rules out the starter motor ,your looking at a charging issue ,I would think ,so alternator ,battery ,fuse ,or cabling ,requires checking .
thank you for your help in replying to my problem will go ahead and try what you recommended
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roverman
Top Fixer
457 points

Aug 20, 2020 (4 months ago)
worth testing battery and terminals first also charge rate under load , engine to body earth lead worth a check, they used to use a braided strap between gear box and body gave trouble on older cars.
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