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Gary, Australia Car Mechanic
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I have a fairly old. barina (1998) it takes a few goes to

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I have a fairly old. barina (1998) it takes a few goes to start and I constantly have to rev it or it just starts bunny hopping when I'm driving. Even on the freeway
JA: Will the headlights turn on? Is the battery fully charged?
Customer: Yes headlights turn on but are dim ( I thought it was just maybe due to age) the battery is charged
JA: What is the make/model of your car?
Customer: 1998 Holden Barina
JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: No, I'll have to get a mechanic or my son to fix. I had an Astra ( 2004) which did the same last year but kept getting worse. It ended up being the alternator. Do you think it's maybe the same problem?
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: I don't think so, I've only had it a month. Bought it as a learner for my kids
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Australia Car
Expert:  Gary replied 11 months ago.

Hi there,

Can we do some testing please?

Can we check the charging rate at the battery with a digital voltmeter?

A good charging rate of around 13.8-14.2 volts at idle would be good.

Can we also scan the ECM for any codes set?

What engine in yours, C14NZ?


Expert:  Gary replied 11 months ago.

Hi again,

Do you need any further help?

I hope my advice has been of assistance to you.

Kind regards