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    Default Green light in the battery?

    Hi all, on my old vectra 1.8 sxi petrol 54 plate when looking @ the top of the battery i could see a green light in it, i guess this meant the battery was fully charged and working correctly? .
    "NOW THIS IS THE QUESTION"
    I now am the proud owner of a 58 plate vectra sri cdti, When looking @ the battery from the top again i have the same light viewer on the battery but this time i have no green light showing just a black hole, So could this mean the battery on the new car is on it's way out and the alternator is not working correctly as i have read on here many problems with the alternators of the cdti.
    Please can you help as the car is under warranty for a month and i would rather sort it out now rather than later @ a cost.
    Cheers all for any info.
    kev,

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    If you've had no problems I wouldn't worry. Not the most reliable method of monitoring charging system performance.
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    You are correct means batts on it's way out.

    Maybe worth taking it to dealership.

    And say you needed a jump start

    That should get them investigating. And atleast have it noted you went it about batt/ alt issues so if it goes shortly after warranty you might be able to get vx to pay still

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    Quote Originally Posted by CritchvxD View Post
    You are correct means batts on it's way out.

    Maybe worth taking it to dealership.

    And say you needed a jump start

    That should get them investigating. And atleast have it noted you went it about batt/ alt issues so if it goes shortly after warranty you might be able to get vx to pay still

    Good luck with that lol
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    Only had the car a few days now Gary so I'm a bit jumpy @ the moment.
    Sounds good to me CritchvxD, CHEERS
    Any more help in this issue would go a long way!

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    Worth a shot at least. I had problems with my astra. Until finally it went. could get it to them until couple of days after warranty was up.
    but because I'd been reporting it. I got new gearbox, dmf and clutch.

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    If you have a multimeter
    Your looking for 12v at battery. 14.4v +/- .2v with engine running nothing turned on.
    13.6v +/- .2 with lights, heater etc and engine running.


    Nothing to say that alternator been replaced? Maybe it has gone previsously and same batt was used.
    Could be a damaged cell in batt. Which might not rear it's head until the cold mornings arrive

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    On my old 2.0T the green 'telltale' battery light was not lit, or so it seemed, but on closer inspection it was. It had moved as if it was on its side and could be seen, and only part of it was visible.

    Also it can go out if the car has not been driven 'enthusiastically' for a while, and a good old 'Italian tune-up' can light it up again.

    As Gary says not the most scientific or reliable indicator of battery health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CritchvxD View Post
    If you have a multimeter
    Your looking for 12v at battery. 14.4v +/- .2v with engine running nothing turned on.
    13.6v +/- .2 with lights, heater etc and engine running.......
    Good advice there.

    In my 30 years in the motor trade, I've never paid any heed to them 'indicator' things. Battery recovery time is a better indication of its condition. Again, you need a multimeter for that though.
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    No nothing m8, will get a meter from a friend tomorrow and keep you up to date.

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