Recharged battery and now will not start

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Hi everyone,
Due to lockdown my battery went flat. I've recharged the battery and run through the B.S.I. procedure to reset the computer.
The correct information appears on the screen.
The key turns the engine but there is no attempt for the starter to engage. Then the system faults out and I have to reset it.
Before the flat battery there had been no problems at all.
Any help would be appreciated
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Frankie wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:42 pm Hi everyone,
Due to lockdown my battery went flat. I've recharged the battery and run through the B.S.I. procedure to reset the computer.
The correct information appears on the screen.
The key turns the engine but there is no attempt for the starter to engage. Then the system faults out and I have to reset it.
Before the flat battery there had been no problems at all.
Any help would be appreciated
Hello

You may have deep discharged the battery and damaged it internally.

Now you need a new battery, if you can't get it tested or it is over 5 years old, you probably just need a new one any way. Have a look ( ECP here), enter your reg for a battery delivery.
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Thanks for your reply.
Battery seems fine and was charged for only 4 hours.
It is less than 4 years old.
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Frankie wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:39 pmBattery seems fine and was charged for only 4 hours.
It is less than 4 years old.
Unfortunately seems fine and being under 4 years old doesn't mean your battery is fine.

A flat battery especially in cold weather can easily kill it , at 4 years old your battery is no spring chicken to start with.

Given that everything worked before your battery went flat and now it doesn't, as C3CAR suggests, have your battery tested or replaced.

Hopefully you'll be sorted, if not, at least then you know that your working from a good stating point to carry out further fault finding.
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all the evidence and pretend you never tried :lol:
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Thanks I will get the battery tested.
I hope that is all it is.
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Frankie wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:56 pm Thanks I will get the battery tested.
I hope that is all it is.
No, sorry.

A battery test will prove it bad or good.

It won't fix anything.

The test is to save money in replacing a battery that may not be bad, but with your description of events, including the short recharge time, it really does point to a failed battery.
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The battery passed its test and displays 12.8 volts.
It turns the engine well and the lights are as strong as they should be.
The starter motor doesn't try to engage and the fuse is OK.
Perhaps I should try a bump start but I may end up with the car in the road that I can't move.
Any other thoughts would be welcome.
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Frankie wrote: Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:05 pm The battery passed its test and displays 12.8 volts.
It turns the engine well and the lights are as strong as they should be.
The starter motor doesn't try to engage and the fuse is OK.
Perhaps I should try a bump start but I may end up with the car in the road that I can't move.
Any other thoughts would be welcome.
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If the engine turns over the the starter motor is engaged. It is the starter motor it that turns the engine over.

If you get an engine that turns over quickly but won't fire, it may not have any fuel to ignite or the immobiliser is inhibiting start.

Immobiliser is also called immo and that is usually due to the chip falling out of the fob when the remote battery is changed.

Lack of fuel in the tank is, well, just that ;)
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Hello

Thanks for your help. There is fuel in the car and after attempts to start it there is a smell of petrol.
It does seem to be immobilised but I have not touched the key or its battery.
When it stops raining I will try the spare key.

Thanks
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Spare key still doesn't work.
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