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Intermittent Starting Problems

I have a 1998 Scenic that is not happy.

For a while now it refuses to start at random intervals and at random times. Itís getting worse now and doesnít start more often than it does.

You get in turn the key and it will start to try and turn over then you get a very abrupt stop and thatís how it goes on from there.

All signs act as if itís a flat battery, for example it always resets the clock and radio etc. However, it has a brand new battery on it and I have had it all checked out the alternator is working fine, there is no reason why I should be loosing power.

The car does start if you jump it from another battery though.

The RAC man that had to get me started the other day suggested one of two things, that the timing is out as he said something about it sounding like the engine was trying to start backwards. This was the more likely explanation in his view. Secondly he said it might be the starter motor short-circuiting and draining the battery (but would this not happen every time if so?)

Its got me totally baffled so any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance!
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If your engine is trying to start backward, very soon it will die! But if that is the reason, clock wouldn't reset when that happens, so I think that you have a problem with electricity. There might be a short circuit somewhere, that makes your battery flat. Check it in the morning before first starting. If it is bellow 11-11,5 you have to change your battery.
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I had a starting prob with my 2.2 dCi - would run great then suddenly be like the battery was flat - which was most annoying.Turned out to be a bad earth connection on the battery -- I would never have guessed.Might not be your prob - but double check all battery / bodywork connections
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Earthing straps from the engine to the body are a favourite to check, There is one from the gearbox to the bodywork.

Also check your solenoid/ ignition/starter connections.

Keep us updated on how you get on

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