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Q. I was wondering if you have has come across this before. I have a Peugeot 306 HDI and for the past six months when turning on the ignition all of the dials go to the maximum for a couple of seconds before settling back to normal. This has occurred more frequently as time has gone by. A few days ago my wife went to start the car and there wasn’t enough life in the battery to turn the engine over quickly enough. I then charged the battery and fired the car up no problem. I have gone to start the car up again this morning and again, it has turned over too slow to fire up. It has been suggested that this maybe a dying battery which has caused the dials to go a bit mad. The battery is less than 3 years old, is a sealed AC Delco unit and is still showing green in the little window.  Any ideas?

A. It could be the battery but first check that its charging properly, connect a meter across the battery with the engine running, it should read around 14.4 volts, much less and the alternator is likely faulty, if it’s OK it will be the battery unless something is running it down.