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    Driving home with my nipper, battery warning light comes on, few minutes later the wipers are on a go slow, then the ABS light and Traction Control Light comes on, then the power steering shuts down, the heater stops working, then stop at the roadwork traffic lights, all the lights flicker and the car stops and won't turnover again !!!!!

    Call the girlfriend to come and rescue the nipper as we were only 1.5 miles from home, then phone Adrian Flux's Rescue Service and they came within half an hour. Hats off to them !!!!

    The car started again when he arrived, so he followed me home, and then everything went off again, but made it home at least. He put his power meter across the battery and the voltage was about 7v.

    He says it is the alternator becuase each time I used my wipers or full beam coming back my taillights flickered. And when he had the power meter on the battery the headlights were flickering.

    It's just typical though, of all the 40,000 miles a year I do, I breakdown on an unlit narrow A road, with the nipper, right before a set of temporary traffic lights, in -1 degree temperatures in the dark, 5 days before Christmas!!!!

    Thankyou for listening, now going to drink lots of beer to numb the pain in the morning when I phone up to buy a new alternator !!!!!

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    sods law mate just before crimbo aswell

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    Thats a bu99er Damian

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    See if the breakers have a cheap one from a nearly new write off.

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    On the bright side you was close to home, how much does a alternator cost?

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    Yep, thankfully you were only local, not the best of weather to be stuck out with a child.

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    do you honestly think you will ever break down in 30+ heat, with an ice cream van on one side and a whore house on the other.........!

    sorry, I must remember not express my own personal fantasy's through this forum.....lol

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    ^^^^^ what a result that would be!!!

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    Bummer m8!! Certainly does sound like the alternator. If the Vx price for a new one is silly - which I expect it will be - then maybe consider a reconditioned one. They'll take your old one as part of the deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judas View Post
    do you honestly think you will ever break down in 30+ heat, with an ice cream van on one side and a whore house on the other.........!

    sorry, I must remember not express my own personal fantasy's through this forum.....lol
    Wouldn't they be better on the same side, you might get run over dashing between them !!!!!

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    See if the breakers have a cheap one from a nearly new write off.
    Good Point

    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Bummer m8!! Certainly does sound like the alternator. If the Vx price for a new one is silly - which I expect it will be - then maybe consider a reconditioned one. They'll take your old one as part of the deal.
    The Rescue guy reckons not much change out of £300 from VX. Where would I get a reconditioned one from.

    Would a reconditioned one be a sound investment, especially given my mileage, 92,000 in 2.5 years ???

    Cheers all

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