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    Default Girl with vectra prob needs help again

    Well I'm back with new problem. Yesterday batt light came on few times then went away, then today again only this time on the motorway n the car suddenly had every light going come on and lost all power !! Managed to coast onto hard shoulder. After few minutes started again batt light came on managed get down hard shoulder (bout 200 yards) to exit off and luckily got off before it died again. I'm thinking it's the alternator any ideas? Cheers In Advance x

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    Check the batt is taking a charge first, the check the alt..

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    def the alt mate i had the same probs and it was a bust alternator

    easy ish job to do yourself therre is a how 2 on here i think

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    Hi, i did my alternator the weekend before last when a similar thing happened and it proved to be the alternator.

    followed this how 2 http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=92987

    the only thing i did differently was lift the rubber strip on the edge of the wiper scuttle and remove the fuel filter crash housing so the alternator came out easily(ish). couldn't have got the alt out without moving it.

    mind the brake pipes at the back if attempting it yourself as they're pretty close to it and easily smacked

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    Yep, we had the same prob, points towards alternator!!


    Bye bye Vec B
    - Hello Siggy!

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    Confirmed all symptoms point to duff alternator. Did mine last week.

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    thanks loads for your replies , taking alt to an autospark who is well known for refurbing alts, shouldnt cost much, will keep updated. Love this forum, the EGR thread I posted in feb led me to how 2 guide which in the end saved me 350 quid from the stealers

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    I think I can say this on behalf of everyone, but we are all happy we can help each other! Hopefully you wont have many more problems, but if you do, we are here!!


    Bye bye Vec B
    - Hello Siggy!

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    look here for parts to repair. Best Offer price £28.00

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VAUXHALLVECTRA...item3cae558d7b

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    I'm not sure if it is still relevant today but I was taught a trick by a very helpful RAC man some 13 years ago when the alternator on my Cav SRi stopped charging the battery (the car was only 5 years old!) and I was stuck at the side of the road on a dark winters evening.

    Get a hammer or similar object and tap the top of the alternator casing (dont hit it too hard). What happens is it'll jolt the brushes inside and allow them to contact the internal mechanics of the alternator therefore creating a charge when car is started - this was confirmed by the battery light going out completely and not glowing dimly. This lasted a couple of weeks until I had the money together to replace the alternator.

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