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Van has been starting ok but yesterday battery was flat. Tried to bump start it but ended up getting a jump start. Drove it for approx 5 miles but had to put lights & heater on. Left it for a couple of hours and engine turned over once but then nothing. Drove again for same distance (with lights/heater on) and stopped then tried starting it again. Struggled to turn over engine and falt again. Is it the battery? Someone suggested the alternator but surely if it was, the lights would dim? No problems starting once jump leads from another vehicle.

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  • zanelotti Dec 28, 2008

    no, just not used the van for 8 days & we've had pretty cold weather.

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5 miles is not enough to recharge battery. Have battery completely recharged or take it to major auto parts store where they can test battery,
What caused battery to go "flat"? Did you leave dome light on?

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