My poor car! It seems to have quite a lot of trouble compared to the miles it does! I am a very low mileage and infrequent driver, so I wasn’t surprised when a week or so ago my husband went to move my car and discovered it wouldn’t start.
The battery was the same age as the car (seven years) so we thought, oh well, it’s done OK, we’re heading for winter, lets just get another. So we did. Luckily it was a Saturday, so Mr PC had time to go out and get a new battery and fit it. Super. The car ran once more.
A couple of days later, the car was tricky to start, but we thought that perhaps the new battery hadn’t been quite fully charged and we were now fixing the problem by driving the car.
On Friday, the car wouldn’t start. In fact, the car wouldn’t open. It was absolutely stone cold dead. Did you know that on a Vauxhall Zafira B, every door apart from the driver’s door needs power in order to open it? I didn’t realise that until Friday. Getting things out of the boot can be tricky.
Anyhow, we re-charged the battery and set about trying to find out what could be discharging it so quickly. Mr PC was getting mentally prepared to remove fuses to test circuits one by one, while I Googled the most common causes. Do you know what it turned out to be? The light in the glove box. The catch has just got loose enough to not press the off switch when the glove box is closed. That single light managed to completely discharge the battery in a few days. I was just so relieved that it was something easy to sort out. One bulb removed!
I’m happy I have a car that works again. Maybe one day we’ll even get round to sorting out the glove box itself, but not today.