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is250 F Sport not starting

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Hi guys, need some help!

 

Got in from taking my girlfriend to work and decided to give my is250 a thorough interior clean. Switched the car on, everything fine, CD player works etc. Finished cleaning and wanted to move the car back further up my drive so did everything as usual, foot on the brake, press the push start button...…...not starting. Car makes a loud ticking noise, instrument dials flicker and the gauges go to move but the car will not start. It's also telling me 'parking brake' and 'TRC' off when I try to start it. It was its usual immaculate self whilst taking my girlfriend to work, any ideas?

 

Any help is much appreciated,

James

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Hi James,

From your description I would expect that the Battery has gone flat. If you have no way to check the Battery voltage or access to a Battery charger you could just try leaving it for an hour or so with eyerything switched off and then give it another try. 

 

Dec.

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Thanks Dec,

 

That was initial thought but with the CD player etc working I dismissed it. I'll try it again later.

 

Thanks for the help

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+1 on it 'just' being a flat Battery

I guess with the current state of affairs at the moment ( not gonna mention the C word ) your car might not have been used much recently, add onto that a start up with no decent run to 'put back' what you just used out of the Battery to start it And an interior clean that prob meant the interior lights may have been on, and if the Battery is a few years old then this is the likely result

Click.Click.Click when starting is indicative of a weak ( not completely flat - yet ) Battery, and if charged Slowly with an intelligent charger if may be brought back to life ( for the rest of the summer at least)  , but may let you down in the future when it starts to get really cold and wintery next.

paul m.

NB I think there may be a lot of  AA/RAC call out's after this current 'Lock Down' when people try using their vehicles!

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Thanks Paul,

 

I haven't been using the car daily in three weeks now, just doing very short runs of a few miles twice a week or so. I did a lap of the m60 about ten days ago in the hope it would keep everything topped up, but clearly not. It still won't start so I'll get someone out tomorrow with jump leads.

 

Thanks for the help!

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+2 definitely a flat Battery James,further if the Battery is still the original it means is about 10 years old and well past its sell by date,probably best replacing it

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Flat Battery - happenned to me a few months ago - same as yours in that everything fine one day, dead the next. Starting the car sounds like a machine gun. Battery replaced and all now good. About the right time for a Battery to go also...

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1 hour ago, is200 Newbie said:

Flat battery - happenned to me a few months ago - same as yours in that everything fine one day, dead the next. Starting the car sounds like a machine gun. Battery replaced and all now good. About the right time for a battery to go also...

Ditto exactly what happened to my IS250's Battery. All fine for ten years, then the machine gun noise. A quick trip to Halfrauds, and all was well again. The only fun was getting that connector off. 

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If you do have to replace the Battery, make sure the + and - terminals are the same way round. A few stories on the ISF forum of major problems if not.

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Here's an informative thread on IS250 Battery replacement.

 

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Thanks so much for the help guys- I knew the car didn't have a serious issue so it helped to put my mind at rest. A set of jump leads and a relatives car brought it back to life today, I'll sort a new Battery asap. 

 

Thanks again,

 

James

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