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I drove to work this morning, everything was fine. Shortly after I got here I remembered that I had forgotten something at home, so I went out an hour later and the car won't start. I used the clicker to unlock the door, but when I put the key in the ignition I get no power accesories, no click, nothing. <p>The LCD readout for the trip computer is cycling really odd numbers and the winter light is on, other than that nothing powers up. <p>Admittedly, I do have some 'battery fuzz' on my + battery terminal, so I scraped that off, made sure the terminals were tight (couldn't even budge them), tired again with the same results. <p>I'm going to get a ride home at lunch and borrow my roomates car and get a new battery, I hope that will solve matters. I do have a battery brush that I'll also be using, I've just been too lazy up to this point <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> Most of my driving is short trips (5-7 minutes), and I really never get into high RPMS so maybe I was just killing the battery never letting it get properly charged? I dunno. Anyone think it make be more serious than just the battery? I really hope it's not expensive, otherwise I'm going to flip out. Any input appreciated.
 

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Re: Won't start (dreesemonkey)

Yep, your battery is bound to fail with a routine like that. In fact your car really does not get an opportunity to heat the oil enough to purge the moisture from the crankcase...<p>The battery is without doubt the problem and everything should be fine once you install the new battery.<p>Okay, so I'm going to be bold and suggest that you take the longer route where ever you're going to allow the car a nice warm-up every now and again. Back in the day I had an 850 and <2-mile commute...I'd drive myself to a Starbucks a few extra miles away & and sit in the car with it running while consuming my coffee. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> On the weekends I'd take the car on a long trip with friends to Annapolis to blow off the carbon and get it ready for another long week of short drives. The car had 264000 miles when I sold it in California some time ago and word has it...she's still running strong. So, do yourself a favor and get a coffee and take the long route in. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Cheers,<br>Prospero<p>
 

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Re: Won't start (Prospero)

Thanks for the fast reply! I'll be getting a new battery at lunch today and see if that fixes the problem. I still do longer trips, but the short trips are much more frequent. <p>I was hoping the weather would start getting better since it's spring, I have a motorcycle that I was hoping to do 75% of my commuting on, so that could soak up my short trips to work and the gym. That thing warms up in no time <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>I guess it's also my fault that I drive like a granny, the tach rarely gets above 3k. Coupled with ~2 mile commutes, I can see why it's unhappy. Thanks again <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I'll try and alter my driving habbits until it gets warm enough to be riding the bike daily <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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