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    Well turns out the battery was flat - think it's been going for a while actually as my AutoStart/Stop hasn't been working in a couple of months.

    Did a hard reset and plugged in a spare battery and the car started, albeit with a few warning lights to do with steering - they went off as soon as I started driving. So I think all is good!
    Car felt ok - certainly different at the front!

    Thanks for all your help Crasher!
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    10 ish years seems to be about the life for a modern battery which is better than my 79 Fiasco on which the battery played the dying fly at less than 3 years. Mind you, the thing in those days was that a dying battery was all too obvious as it just would not turn over the starter but modern starters are so efficient they will churn over on a battery that is so low the rest of the cars electrics shut down and so it confuses people.
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    I replaced my original battery a few weeks ago. I used to top it up with the charger as I don't do as many miles now.

    OEM Banner BA2 61Ah 330A DIN 540A CCA EN/SAE 240x178x210

    EXTW067TE Exide Premium with Carbon Boost EA770 77Ah 760 CCA AE[EN] 71.03 278x190x175

    To me 61Ah is low for a 2.0 TDI. I asked at my auto electrics specialist do they list a bigger Ah. He says they don't use Ah any more they go by CCA. He put the reg number in his computer and it recommended the Exide Premium. Which is 38mm longer and it fits ok.

    The thing is when you disconnect the battery and reconnect the steering wheel warning lamp lights. You have to drive it and move the steering wheel on lock then it goes out. The stupid thing is the fuel trip gets reset back to 0.

    I wondered if it needs coding. I watched https://forums.ross-tech.com/showthr...Battery-Coding at 3:45 it shows Banner BA2, Exide TU3. The OEM is Banner BA2.

    I plugged in VCDS to see what it shows. They talk about the battery VIN number you have to type in. There is no label with the VIN number.

    Battery Energy Management System (BEM)

    Battery Regulation 61 - no response from controller
    Installation list 61 Battery Regulation not ticked, ticked coding accepted

    Adaptation 10

    combo box lists channels

    Channel 1 Battery Adaptation size you can enter the new 77Ah 5:37

    I will have to add a comment on the Ross Tech site.
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    Got a new problem - knocking.

    Car seemed fine this afternoon, although battery definitely needs rejuvenating/replacing - that is clear now.
    But took it out this evening - maybe it was because I was on bumpier roads, but a lot of light muffled knocking coming from the nearside front and I think it got worse on the trip - although that could be just because I started noticing it.Certainly on the way back, every time I hit a small or large bump there was a noise- noticed on the speed bumps that it wasn't when the shock compressed into the bump, but it was as the car started to rise again.

    Can't reproduce when vehicle is stationery by bouncing the car, and it doesn't seem to be affected by turns - just bounces, so I'm suspecting it's the roll bar link I replaced. Sound reasonable?

    Brand is FAI - no idea if they're any good. Wasn't spoilt for choice at the time so I just took what they had in stock.
    Or it could simply be the fact that I couldn't get the bolt to the strut torqued up sufficiently - the bar seems secure when I test it by hand.
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    Could be the ARB link, they are troublesome, FAI stuff is OK.
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    1988 Golf 2 GTI 16 valve, 2.2 with Weber Alpha injection
    1983 Golf 1 GTI 8 valve, 2 litre with Eurospec racing 42/36 head
    1972 1302LS auto 1641cc conversion

    Vile Invention

    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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    Got the MOT tomorrow so will wait until after that, but will probably take the ARB link off and see if the knocking goes. If it does, I'll take it back and get a replacement.
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    Got the MOT day wrong, it's tomorrow not today, so today I took the nearside front wheel off again to have a look to see if I could see anything. Gave everything a good shake, nothing remotely loose - tried to tighten the nut on the ARB link again where the inner thread has gone, possibly got it slightly tighter, but difficult to say. Put the wheel back on and drove off, knocking GONE! Done about 15 miles in it now with no noise - so it seems it must be that link (because I didn't touch anything else).

    Battery seemed to respond well to the charger - no errors - went through the whole process, desulphation, charging, reconditioning. Put it back in this morning - NOW I get an Stop/Start Error message whenever I start the car. That's a new one, it wasn't working before, but no error message LOL - I think my car is a little bit of an attention seeker.

    Anyway - going to service it now, if the rain stops for long enough - I'm sure it knows - every time I pick up a spanner this last week, it's started pouring down. Will check battery voltage to see if it's dropped at all - think car won't fail MOT on the Stop Start error since I can just turn it off, but I'd like to know what's causing it and if the battery despite the charger seemingly giving it the all-clear, is in need of replacement.
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    So the final result was that it failed its MOT on the driver-side side indicator (the one in the mirror) which was working but too weakly to pass. It's been that way for 4 years and I always thought it would fail on that, but never did before lol

    Got the part from ECP and fitted it, so now just got to get that signed off by the garage and I'm good for another 12 months.

    Car still showing the Start/Stop Error, and also it doesn't like my Reg Plate LEDS as it reckons they're not working - I guess they pull a lower current than regular bulbs - can probably change that if I get access to a VCDS I guess.

    Didn't end up saving that much money on the suspension - probably only around 100-150, although I suspect I saved another 100 on the brakes, but it's such a good feeling to do it yourself and learn stuff at the same time.

    Thanks Crasher - you've been a big help!
    2010 Golf Estate BlueMotion 1.6 TDI-CR

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    correct about the current, the system will be looking for a couple of 5W bulbs and the LED's wont load the system anywhere near enough. a simple resistor (you will need to calculate the resistance you need) plummed into the wiring will put the bulb failure warning out.
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