Tow car battery dead

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  1. Spacegazer

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    Been towing a pugeot 107 behind Burstner elegance for couple months now without any problems...... Hitched car up to motorhome yesterday, and drove some 40 miles before overnighting in Ayrshire. This morning I went to start car with intention of going supermarket..... Noticed first of all, that central locking wouldn't open doors, then I put key in ignition, 107 battery seems completely dead....... Any ideas guys???..... First time it's done this...... Lights and indicators still work via motorhome...... HELP!!!!!
     
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    If there's a glimmer of life left in the battery you could bump start it behind your Moho unless it's an automatic perhaps.
    You don't say how long ago it is since you had the car running?
     
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    Car ran yesterday...... Started no probs to hook up to van
     
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    Hmmmm, in that case I would think you left something on that's drained it.
     
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    Something left on to drain the battery, a problem with the alternator/drive belt or a knackered battery. Charge and test battery, if that's o.k. then test the charging circuit. Replace battery if necessary.
     
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    Need to get mate out later with jump leads....... Battery was fine before this am........ Can't think of anything left on..... Quite a simple wee motor...... Radio/ disc was deffo off.......
     
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    First off just release and retighten the two battery connections.
    Amazing how many times that is all it is.
     
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    Don't think motorhome has something to do with it????....... Can't see how?
     
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    I'll try that Jaws.... Ta
     
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    Used to get it a lot doing breakdowns.
    Very occasionally the alternator doesn't shut down properly and tries to turn via the battery thus draining it.
    Jump start, 30 minute drive.
     
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    @pappajohn

    Good to see you back posting as usual (y)

    Keep it up, good for the rehab
     
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    Had the same on my toad and was told rightly or wrongly that I may of had the ingnition key turned to far thus draining the battery whilst being towed but I towed for 4 hours before needing to start car
     
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    Hi

    Had a similar problem once with our Aygo. Crossed the Channel and stopped in an Aire which we were in alone. then drove the next day to a Campsite then on again to a Campsite near Perpignan on our way Spain. Found Battery was dead when were in Perpignan and had to replace it.

    Ultimately worked out that I had backed the Toad slightly before stopping in the Aire and the first campsite and so it is likely the brake lights were on all the time I was parked as I had not got out of the van. Doohhhh. Never had the problem since as I now always check the brake lights are off as even just braking to a halt in a layby can result in the Brake lights staying on when the Motorhomes lights are off.



    Doug
     
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    Same here, C1 car ignition key left in wrong position battery flat after 5 hours of towing, jumped it and run it for a while the battery was fine and has been for the past three years. Since then I triple check the ignition key before every trip. (y)
     
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    Had same problem found that car break lights had been on continually whilst towing ,just needed to readjust overrun break.
     
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    We had a Peugeot 107 toad and did suffer battery drain.
    The connecting wiring allowed the toad battery to feed all brake lights which was aggravated by the overrun cable holding the brake pedal down enough for lights to stay on so I fitted a terminal breaker on the toad battery to prevent it happening.
    Another issue can be gradual battery drain if no charge link to the toad battery. With a large degree of towing and little driving a flat battery can result.
     
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    Thanks guys....... Bought battery charger today..... There was a wee bit of life in it before charging it up ....... Ignition lights on 107 all came on, as before it was totally dead, but not quite enuff juice to turn engine over, although it tried....... So not much wrong except flat battery......charger has been on charge for 6 hrs now, will try it about 7.30 pm...... Fingers crossed
     
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    Right guys...... Took out battery charger, and she kicked over no problem.......one of you were spot on..... Brake lights are on, and the brake pedal is depressed, even although bungee is on....... How do I fix it????..... Sorry, not had tow car before pardon ignorance
     
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    Lubricate overrun cable, it gets dry and doesn't release even with bungy .
     
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    best get it working as the cars brakes could be on .
    one car caught fire a few years ago with a badly sorted brake .
    think they were members on here if memory is correct.
     
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