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Old 30-11-2017, 22:18   #1
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Error: stabilisation control (ESC) help

Hi everyone,

I went out this morning to go to work and I got 'error: stabilisation control (ESC)'. The car wouldn't turn over at all, just completely dead! I had a look online and someone suggested could be a low battery, but tested the battery and am getting 12.5v.

Any ideas as to what this could be? And if there's a fix that won't cost a bomb? It's a mk2 Leon by the way.

Thanks for any help anyone can offer.
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Old 30-11-2017, 22:25   #2
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If your battery is giving a reading of 12.5 volts, there's a possibility it's knackered. A healthy battery should be reading a little more than this (~13V).

If you can get a jump start, measure the voltage across the battery with the engine running. A healthy battery should read 14.0-14.8 Volts while the engine is running. Anything less and it's probably gubbed.
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Old 30-11-2017, 22:36   #3
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I did try and jump it with no luck, not even trying to crank. I didn't take a measurement across the battery when I was trying to jump it. The other thing I forgot to mention is the steering has gone really really light with the ignition on but obviously without the engine running.
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Old 01-12-2017, 05:40   #4
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I thought a healthy battery should show max 12.6v. I just replaced my 6 year old factory battery. At 11.7v it was still starting perfect. But didn't want to to get caught out for winter. The brand new varta silver is showing 12.45v (but I have a few extras connected to the electrics). If it's not cranking at all maybe starter motor or solenoid?
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Is there any strangeness from the dials when you put the ignition on?

Happened to my old golf and my partners 08 Ibiza, was just a bad earth so the car doesn’t try crank at all.

In saying that actually I diagnosed it with putting the earth jump cable from the battery to the engine and it started first time so can’t be that.

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