Cut out while driving would not start

Tiny
DARREN HILL
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  • 2004 VAUXHALL ASTRA
  • 1.6L
  • MANUAL
  • 55,000 MILES
Had this car two months and until today I have had no problems. Left work tonight and the car started no problem. When I went to put on the air conditioner on nothing happened. Fan/vents were not blowing and I also noticed that the light that comes on when air conditioner button is on was not illuminated. Next I noticed that my regular dash display was not on. Tried switching my headlamps on and the dash did not illuminate. CD player was working fine. When indicating the indicator lights blinked as they should do on the dash. After a couple of miles I leave the dual carriageway and enter into a residential area. Within one hundred yards I suddenly lose all power, all the red warning lights on the dash come on and the car quits on me. There is a little white smoke from under bonnet (passenger side) and car will not restart/turnover. It has a burning smell. Hazard lights work. Car is towed to garage who have suggested I need a new starter motor. Whilst this may well be true I do not see how that would have made the car cut out?
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Thursday, June 1st, 2017 AT 2:57 PM

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Tiny
KEN
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Hello,

I don't think the starter could have caused this problem unless it was shorting out. It sounds more like the battery has shorted instead or also.

Here is a guide that will help you test the battery.

Please run this test and get back to us so we can continue helping you.

Cheers, Ken
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Monday, June 5th, 2017 AT 12:05 PM

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