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porsche 987 - boxster s - starting problem

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Old 09-04-2010, 02:42 AM
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Default porsche 987 - boxster s - starting problem

i left the car for 6 weeks and battery needed recharging. put it on trickle charge and started first time like normal. a short while later went to start again and a strange clicking noise and the front headlights flashing on and off when key turned in the ignition. if i get a jump start from a donor motor it starts.

anyone had a similar experience? just bought the battery about six months ago? any pointers would be appreciated, car only five years old and done 28k miles and normally so well behaved!

gavin
 
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:33 AM
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Did you fully charge the battery after it was dead, or charge it just enough to start? If it happened after the battery was fully charged, sounds like a bad battery to me unfortunately. If you don't drive the car very often, the batteries will go bad in a short period of time. Do not use the Porsche/Molle batteries, they are known to be junk. I prefer a group 48 interstate battery.
 
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:31 AM
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Default porsche 987 - boxster s - starting problem - thanks porschedoc

Thank you very much for your prompt reply and assistance.

I have switched batteries (took an exide one from wife's car) and the car started like usual. To double check I tried the dud battery on the wife's car and it is as you say - a bad one. Will have to purchase a new one.

One further favour to ask - when I start the car it ticks over just fine but makes quite a tappety noise - just recently had it serviced - new plugs, oil, filters etc. It goes like a train but is there anything to be concerned about the noise or is it quite normal?

Cheers

Gavin
 
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Old 09-06-2010, 02:45 AM
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if it is consolation mine is exactly the same goes like a train but makes a whiney tappety noise when idling,sorry I don't have an answer but would be interested to know if we have a problem.

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John
 
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Old 09-10-2010, 02:00 PM
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Thanks John,

How old is your boxster s - would be interested to know?

I hope porschedoc can join the discussion as he is most knowledgeable about the marque.

All the best

gavin
 
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