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97 1.6 RT Scenic Electrical Power Failure
The car will sometimes not start (has been getting progressively worse) because there is no electrical power. You have to open the door with the key as it will not open with the remote, the interior lights do not come on and nothing light us when the ignition is switched on, however a very faint click of a relay can be heard when the key button is pressed and sometimes the immobiliser flashing light will blink but more dimly than normal.
I have found that if you engage 1st gear, release the hand brake and repeatedly push against the gearbox, all power comes back, allowing the car to start! Now the problem is getting worse, the power flicks on and off as the car rocks back and forth between pushes.
Often when turning off the car all power goes - no interior lights, headlights go off etc.
Also, sometimes when driving at night, the dashboard lights will flicker when going over bumps.
Putting jump leads on the car allows it to start - but the battery has been tested and reportedly fine.
Any ideas???? I have replaced the earth strap on the back left of the engine bay to no avail.
Currently in marinmv's garage:
Scenic 97 1.6RT, Scenic 04 1.5 dci