Rover 216 died

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Rover 216 died

#1 Post by SteveH » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:29 am

Everything was OK when I jump started my 216. There wasn’t enough power to turn the engine over but all the instrument panel lights were on, then there was a big flash from one of the battery terminals (-ve, I think) and everything died. All the lights went off and there was no response to turning the ignition key. I’ve checked all the fuses by the battery and they’re OK, so I’m guessing I’ve done some serious damage.

Are there any hidden fuses anywhere?

Does anyone know what I might have done and what the approximate repair cost might be?

It was worth about £1000. What might it be worth now as a non runner?

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Rover 216 died

#2 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:13 pm

I’d try a different known good battery first :)
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Re: Rover 216 died

#3 Post by Cromp85 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:57 pm

Take a look at the interior fuse box as well. Its got to be a fuse or a relay somewhere if it aint a duff battery.
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Re: Rover 216 died

#4 Post by rover416 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:04 pm

Sounds as if one of the main cables to the battery might have done its self some damage. Check the cable ends and battery terminals themselves for damage,follow main cables for both +tve & -tve to see if they have any breaks along their length.Do you have side or headlights working?

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Re: Rover 216 died

#5 Post by richard moss » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:54 pm

Paul_1978_yorks wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:13 pm
I’d try a different known good battery first :)
Good advice. Also, even a very slightly loose or corroded terminal (and, I guess burnt terminal) can stop current flowing.

For future reference, always connect the POSITIVE terminal first, clamping it down before attaching the negative. Then any current surge will go to the body, not complex electrical circuits
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