Won't start

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  1. John Rowe

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    Hi. My fiat ducato is playing up and won't start. I have recently jumped started it and ran it, following day - no joy. The gauge indicates the battery charge at 12.9V. Secondary to this the central locking fuse then blows. The ignition lights illuminate, there is fuel, I do not think I have anything left on. I replace the fuse only for the whole process to re occur the following day.

    Any clues please?.
     
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    Im no mechanic but sounds like a short in a wire. Hopefully someone technical will be along shortly.
    Hope you get it fixed, asking here Im sure you will.
     
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    Hi is it turning over properly, or is it sluggish to turn. You may have a starter motor problem it could be taking to much power to turn over?
     
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    Not turning over at all. If I connect a power pack starter to it, it still won't start. I have to jump start it.
     
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    Check the battery connection.
    By clipping on the jump leads you might be disguising the bad connection of the vans leads to the battery. You need to remove both pos and neg and clean the insides of the terminals and the battery posts, the lead corrodes so badly that I've had to do it with a sharp knife before now. The blowing fuse is more of a mystery.
     
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    I experienced something similar with our 2009 Ducato. The cause was identified as a wiring loom behind the dashboard shorting out on something metal. What was annoying was that the the problem was investigated numerous times without solving it when under warranty. In the end I had to pay to have it fixed.
     
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    Be SURE to DISconnect the NEG (earth) terminal FIRST and Reconnect it LAST.
    Or "sparks could fly" !!
    Mitch. (y)
     
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    How old is the van?

    I was wondering if it is not an engine earth cable?
     
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    When you jump started it, did you jump start it from another vehicle? Most power packs will not have enough power to start a vehicle that size if the battery is faulty, which is probably the cause. I would get the battery checked ( Halfords etc may test it for free, they did one for me). I had a battery that would not start my car even though it showed over 12 volts and was fully charged up for a day.
    Halfords tested it and it showed that it was faulty under load.
     
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    Sounds like a lazy starter but before changing it have the battery tested and all the leads checked
     
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    The central locking fuse blowing might be a clue, open both cab doors and inspect the loom, it may be frayed where it enters either of the doors. Also look under the bonnet where the loom comes through the bulkhead.
    To isolate the issue, trying giving it a charge with the fuse removed. If it starts after that, you will know which circuit is shorting.

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    A real weak point is the central locking loom at the hab door, is that broken?
     
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    It materialised that it was a cable shorting under the drivers seat. It challenged an auto electrician some time to rectify it.
     
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