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    Wife comes home today in the Signum...."The battery warning light is on".

    So I start it up and go around the block. The light didn't come on at first, but it did come on after about 1/2 mile. Popped to Tesco's, came out started it up....battery light didn't come on, but again, it did after a few hundred yards.

    Now, I presume as on most cars it means it isn't charging. There's no squealing belts etc, so why only after a short drive does it come on? Is the alternator driven by the auxilliary belt and is anything else driven by the aux belt? Is the alternator on it's way out or could it be something else?

    It's a CDTi 150 by the way.

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    sounds like the alternator is on the way out and not cheap on the cdti engines either but take take it too a battery place to confirm if the battary is being charged
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    The symptoms you have, indicate the alternator is not charging the battery and is knackered.

    With the engine off put a meter across the battery terminals, you're looking for about 12 volts DC plus (!). With the engine running you want about 13-14 volts across the battery; preferably 14 volts.

    My alternator fault, appeared last Monday (14 Sep), only showed up as the battery fault light which came on about 3 mins after starting the engine; distance travelled made no difference! With my engine off the battery voltage was 12.13 volts, with engine idleing it dropped to 11.88 volts; meaning the alternator wasn't charging and the voltage drop was due to the electrical circuits that were running. I have a 04 plate Vectra 1.9 cdti (150PS) LS spec.

    I bought an alternator and paid £240 (trade) for it but got £86 back when I took the old item back; so paid £156 total. It took me 2.5 hours to fit on Saturday but about 1 hour of that was chatting and faffing around; it was the 1st time I had ever done it on my car (and hopefully the last!). The removal and fitting is fairly easy, although I would say that as I have now done it.

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    Mine is exhibiting the same symptoms, light comes on after a min or so. Thing is, the alternator was changed 2 weeks ago just before I bought it. I'm currently investigating having the alternator repaired at a local auto electricians. Will report back.

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    Ok my local auto electrician is on holiday so that's a dead end.

    Did a lot of ringing around, some motor factors can get these alternators for around £230 but quite a few can't even get them.

    Car breakers up this end also don't have anything so started looking further afield. Eventually found one in Tyne & Wear that has 3!

    I've bought one from them £65 delivered to North of Scotland, if anyone else needs one they've now got two left. It's an easy job to replace yourself, I'll even do a How 2 later in the week so you can judge for yourself.

    Breakers are As New Auto Recyclers 0191 2375951.

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    Had exactly the same.

    Battery light after a few mins of driving for the first day or two... then it all went wonky! No electric feed - warning lights all over and no steering..

    Result: Alternator knackered - not un-common and expensive if being done by Vx...
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    Battery voltage of less than 12V with engine running confirmed that the alternator was knackered. Was being quoted £280 - £350 fitted for a replacement.

    A mechanic mate helped me get it off, took it to a repair place 2 miles away this morning. Got it back this afternoon repaired for £50. Needed new rectifier. Got it back on tonight, bunged my mate a few quid for his help.

    RESULT

    A tip from the repair bloke.....don't jump start a car with the donor car's engine running, the sudden extra load knackers the alternator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy R View Post
    Battery voltage of less than 12V with engine running confirmed that the alternator was knackered. Was being quoted £280 - £350 fitted for a replacement.

    A mechanic mate helped me get it off, took it to a repair place 2 miles away this morning. Got it back this afternoon repaired for £50. Needed new rectifier. Got it back on tonight, bunged my mate a few quid for his help.

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    A tip from the repair bloke.....don't jump start a car with the donor car's engine running, the sudden extra load knackers the alternator.

    Andy R
    Glad you got it sorted. If the rectifier was duff then it was probably taken out by a diode going 'BANG'; which is a common point of failure.

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    hi guys.
    had to get a new alternator fitted in blackpool the other day. im from glasgow and went there for a couple of nights with the wife and kid.
    same symptoms, all sorts of warning lights and no power steering.
    had to pay £331 to get it fixed.
    got the 1.9 cdti 120

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    why are the altenators on these cars so damm expensive
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