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A further bit to add to this story....
Two days after fitting the new battery the car broke down again in the middle of town. I received a frantic phone call from my son. Everything's dead. No electrics or anything.
To cut a long story short, the battery was completely dead. It had shorted out.
I found out that the main +ve cable to the starter motor had momentarily brushed against the heat shroud and caused a short. There are two heavy cable terminations that connect to the main +ve on the starter. These are held in place with a copper nut. Obviously, when I had put them back previously one of them was in a slightly different position.
I wasn't happy that it wouldn't do it again so a rectified this by fitting the one that could make contact a full 180 degrees out from its normal position. Fortunately the cable had enough slack to allow this. Problem now solved again. I don't know whether it was shorting out previously and was the cause of the initial problem!
Currently in PeterA's garage:
2007 Renault Scenic 1.6 VVT Dynamique and a 2003 Mazda Demio1.5 GSI