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    The day after i got my 56 reg Vectra SRi CDTi 150 i had it serviced by vauxhall. when i collected it from them, the light with the car and spanner was on. they said it was on already but it definitely wasn't, i'd have noticed! anyway, the light now comes on every time i start it from cold and goes off after about 5 mins driving.

    last night the car started lurching at lowish revs and so i changed down a gear to give it more revs. eventually the alternator light came on and stayed on but no adverse effects really.

    before i go and get royally screwed by vauxhall, can anyone offer any advice as to what this might be?? Only had this car a month
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    anyone know if theres a how 2 to change the alternator? could i get it really wrong n do damage??

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    Could be alternator or battery. Friend of mine had her alternator light on this week, and that was a dodgy battery. Get someone to test it and they should be able to determine wether it is the battery or alternator.

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    definitely the alternator. both have now been tested by kwick fit (i know what you're thinking) and an independent local garage, and by myself with a multimeter. its the dreaded alternator so, do i attempt this being a bit of a novice, or do i leave it to the professionals?

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    go for it theyre a piece of p*ss to do

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    you sday that, but i followed the how 2 step by step. just couldn't get to the electrical connections on the side of it for love nor money from any angle with any tool in my possession last night so had to abandon my attempt before i broke something, shame cos i was quite lookin forward to it n all, such a pig to get to!

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