The TDi Golf I drive has been giving starting hassles. The auto-electrician gave it a clean bill of health, and the agents changed a fuel filter and said it was fine. Still, it doesn’t always start in the mornings. After charging the battery for half an hour everything’s fine, so I suspect an intermittent charging system.

Meanwhile, last week Friday, Tanya phoned to say her car (Opel Astra Classic) won’t start. Jumped it off the Golf and it started easily. Made a note that I need to take the car for a new battery next week Monday (being, today).

So this morning Tanya says I’d better check that all the cars start. Opel, dead. Golf, dead.

So the trusty Rand-Lover gets started up. Hmmm, cables won’t reach. Reverse out the front gate, turn around, reverse in, wire up Opel, get that started.

OK, now the Golf is on the front lawn. And it’s too heavy for Tanya & me to push. Land-Rover out the front gate, around and in the other gate, bit of back-and-forth, get the Golf started.

I proceed to bugger off to work with the Opel, except around the first circle I realise that my work keys are still in the Golf. So I turn around, and the Opel dies. It has an electrical power steering pump, see, and the sharp turn with the engine cold and idling slowly was just too much for the system.

So I call Tanya to bring the Golf, jump start the Opel…


6 Comments to “It’s like power-assisted chess”


  1. Viv — 2009-06-08 @ 08:43

    Two new batteries and a much lighter wallet later … all is well. Might be worth it to invest in a booster-charger. Those little buggers will start a dead battery in about 30 seconds – if you’re in close proximity to a 220vAC outlet.

  2. Mariloo — 2009-06-08 @ 15:37

    why would he want a booster-charger-thingy if hes got new batteries? Its not going 2 happen again…right?

  3. wrm — 2009-06-09 @ 09:29

    The Rand-Lover makes a fine booster. Had to jump the Golf again this morning. Parked it at the auto-lekkie, let him puzzle it out.

  4. Pieter — 2009-06-15 @ 10:24

    Hmmm. Sounds like you have more than one problem with the Golf. Previous battery stuffed (understandable after 5 years in the throw-away world we live in) but also not charging? Let me know when you’ve figured it out – most interesting. Gives new meaning to the saying “beware of Geeks buying Golfs”. At least with a Land Rover you know that you’re supposed to have hassles but this should not be the case with a Volkswagen Golf!

  5. Viv — 2009-06-18 @ 12:39

    So … what did the auto-lekkie find? Are the power problems now sorted?

  6. wrm — 2009-07-12 @ 10:41

    New battery, no worries.



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