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My 2007 Exige S has been hesitant to start the last few attempts. The starter would click 5-10 times before the engine would turn over. Any ideas about what's going on? It has always started, but I'm afraid it might decide to strand me somewhere. I keep the battery on a maintainer for what it's worth.

Probably on a totally different note, a couple weeks ago I was filling up at the gas station and when I went to start the car, there was a load bang almost like a spring let loose. It seemed to come from behind the steering wheel. It either happened when I turned the key or pushed the immobilizer button to start the car. In any event, I didn't think it would start when I pushed the button, but it did. No strange behavior before or since...except for the above. It was loud enough that it startled me and made me think something was wrong.

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Even though you keep it on a maintainer the battery could still be bad. I suggest either testing the battery or just going for a new one altogether. I had the same symptoms, it just kept getting worse and worse.

As for the noise, unfortunately I can't say what for sure.
 

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I would be happy if it's only the battery. My maintainer can perform a recondition of the battery. I'll try that to see if it makes a difference. I was afraid it might be the starter, although to be honest I'm not sure if these have starter motors. I haven't had occasion to look until now.

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Even though you keep it on a maintainer the battery could still be bad. I suggest either testing the battery or just going for a new one altogether. I had the same symptoms, it just kept getting worse and worse.

As for the noise, unfortunately I can't say what for sure.
 

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So I am convinced it's only a battery issue. The other day it wouldn't start at all. I put it back on the charger and it started right away.

I started looking at batteries and found some (not necessarily Lotuses) had issues with battery life...even on a maintainer...when the vehicles are used infrequently. Any recommendation for an infrequently driven Exige S? I drive it about once a week.
 

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I found the sticky thread that listed all of the batteries and their specs for the Elise and Exige. It's a few years old but I'm assuming still relevant. My existing (nearly dead) battery is a Braille B2015. It came with the car when I bought it two years ago. Incidentally, the battery was dead when the car arrived on the truck, so I'm sure that didn't help matters. Anyway, I've attached an image. I would rather not replace it with a Braille since I don't track it. But I've learned that I need to make sure I have a suitable custom bracket. Judging by the discussion in the sticky thread, I'm thinking about an Optima Red Top 75-25. I should mention that, in addition to being driven only once a week, I garage it in the winter. But it stays on a Ctek MUS 4.3 maintainer.

Stupid question: The Optima does not require the bracket I currently have, which has an shutoff switch as well. If I choose a battery that does NOT require a bracket, what should I be looking for that would secure it? I'm concerned that the previous owner might have removed something that would be used to mount a stock battery. I'll have to take a closer look when I get home.

If I go with a battery requiring a custom bracket, are there battery-specific brackets, or could I expect mine to work with any of those on the list here:
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f321/battery-choices-information-64071/

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Mike
 

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