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    hi all on way back from manchester today had heating on it went of for about 3 sec the blower then on idle makin a funny noise when got home 20mins later to go shop car was dead aa been out said it looks like its the alternator will this be true

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    sounds like it but you need to charge battery to full,and test battery,a dead cell would give you the same symptens.you can them check alternator output.

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    Deffo sounds like alternator failure. Get it started with jump leads and check the power at the battery with the engine running (disconnect jump leads). Should be at least 13.5 volts. Any less and the alternator is goosed

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    Is it just me or is there alot of alternator/battery failures just now?

    As said check it with a multimeter. If the battery has discharged over time - by the sounds of it - then the alternator may not be charging it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza4 View Post
    Is it just me or is there alot of alternator/battery failures just now?

    As said check it with a multimeter. If the battery has discharged over time - by the sounds of it - then the alternator may not be charging it.
    did you sort yours in the end mate? which one did you go for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza4 View Post
    Is it just me or is there alot of alternator/battery failures just now?
    There will be at this time of year. Increased load on the battery / alternator due to increased use of lights, blower, heated rear window, etc. Coupled with cold morning start-ups etc. This weather will pick out the weak batteries / alternators

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mads View Post
    did you sort yours in the end mate? which one did you go for?
    Getting sorted tomorrow. Next door neighbours brother is a Vx mechanic so he's going to sort it for £50. That's not including the alternator I had to buy at £167.

    Quote Originally Posted by tony-1977 View Post
    There will be at this time of year. Increased load on the battery / alternator due to increased use of lights, blower, heated rear window, etc. Coupled with cold morning start-ups etc. This weather will pick out the weak batteries / alternators
    Wasn't like this last few years. Seems when I have a fault others motors seem to follow suit.

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    did you go for the europarts one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mads View Post
    did you go for the europarts one?
    Yip m8 went for the 105A-Hr RTX unit. Asked about a bigger one but they said it may damage the electricals in time so stick with what was on the car - which I'm sure is 105A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza4 View Post
    Wasn't like this last few years. Seems when I have a fault others motors seem to follow suit.

    Having said that. My alternator packed up in the summer

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