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Break down Jag 2005 2.5 manuel

I drove on the motorway, the engine stops.
AA comes, he can`t read the database from the ecu.
That means there is no power on the system.
What happen?
John

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Well it could be as simple as a weak battery, I would first check the charge in the battery. if the battery is weak on this car, you may be able to crank it etc but there is not enough juice to allow you to perform a diagnostic.
the battery with the ignition off should be 12-12.5 volts.
If the AA guy cannot connect it may be his scanner as there may not be any codes logged into the system. No codes and the car cranks but won't start could be the fuel pump.
Sorry, kinda of a difficult one without knowing more info.
Good luck

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