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    Stabalisation Control Error ESC - Failure to start off ignition.

    I have a 4.5 year old L&K 2.0 ltr 170PS. I've had it from new and it has still only done less than 23,000 miles. Hardly run in.

    My biggest problem so far and I'll admit I haven't had many is what happened yesterday.

    I tried to start it to return home from the golf club about a mile from home. It wouldn't start. I got all sorts of clicking noises and error messages. The one to note was "Stabalisation Control Error - ESC" although after calling the Breakdown out it seems that the cause may have been a flat battery.

    I have no idea why I would have had a flat battery. Not of the ancillaries were switched on apart from those which default to on, which ever they are. The car worked normally getting there and the interior lights were not on for very long when I unloaded my gear, so the drain must have occured in the 4-5 hours I was playing etc.

    When the breakdown guy attached his jump battery, it started first crack but would not go above 2500 revs despite flooring the accellerator. He vaguely suggested that it gone into some sort of "limp mode" and advised me, rather than go give it some welly and charge the battery up, to get it home and leave it running a while. Some of the miriad of warning lights lit up too including the Power Steering/steering lock system, tyre pressure warning and Traction Control System/Electronic Stability Control, although none of these are now illuminating giving the impression that they have corrected themselves. Also some of the dash control buttons, namely the Off Road and Traction Control on/off switch seemed to operate very slowly when pressed, although again, these seem to have corrected.

    I'm taking it in tomorrow to the local dealer. I am concerned. Can anyone shed any light?

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    Is the battery the same one that came with the car? The batteries fitted are quite small but sufficient to start the car and operate the multiple electronics. However your mileage is quite low so there will not be a great amount of surplus charge going back into an aging battery. The burglar alarm and internal monitors are still operative when turned off, I have heard of owners coming back from holiday to a flat battery, a few years ago there were quite a few cases where the rear hatch did not close fully without a very heavy slam, so the boot light was on all the time, not much of a drain but it all adds up. The only way you could tell the hatch was not fully closed was that it showed as a white line in the maxidot.

    I changed my battery at six years old, overnight the resting voltage was going down to 11.2 volts and it was still starting but probably not for much longer. I also took the opportunity to fit a larger capacity battery.
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    The AA man should know that they will not rev over 2500 rpm when not moving, it is part of the EU5 emissions standards and battery failure is quite common as these new environmentally friendly ones don’t last. Does the car have stop/start?
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    I'm resigned to having to replace it. The car wouldn't start again today stuck 18 miles from home on an Aldi car park. The breakdown started me and escorted me to Skoda where it now resides until Wednesday when my battery arrives.

    The replacement battery is quoted as a 420A 70Ah and only a 3 year warranty and Skoda want £155 for it!

    I happened to go into Halfords earlier and I saw this:

    https://www.halfords.com/motoring/bulbs-blades-batteries/car-batteries/yuasa-hsb096-silver-12v-car-battery-5-year-guarantee

    Its a Yasuda 760A 80Ah with a 5 year warranty for £120. I am in a position where I can't drive the car though and it is now stuck at Skoda till Wednesday because they have had to order the battery. I am a bit p*ssed off to say the least.

    My car isn't a stop/start model. That is it doesn't cut out at the lights in neutral and start up again when depressing a pedal, so that extra isn't needed although because of my short trips might be useful in other ways.



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    To add insult to injury these people would sell you a superior battery for half that with a five year warranty. https://www.tayna.co.uk/car-batteries/bosch/s5008/

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