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    confused Intermittent battery and steering warning lamp

    About once per month the power steering warning lamp and battery warning lamp come on, the tach and speedo go to zero. The steering works fine, the CD player continues to work, and the engine continues to run.

    After 10 seconds later everything returns to normal.

    I can't see any obvious loose connections anywhere.

    Any ideas, anyone?

    I want to fix it - because one day it won't fix itself!


    2003 1.8SRi Hatch

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    Could be the battery on its last legs or a bad alternator.

    Could also be a cim problem, maybe try cleaning the abs plug terminals
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Battery seems good.

    Sorry, bit of a newbie with modern cars, a CIM is what?

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    Its a part in the steering coloumn that communicates with the cars electrics. £300+ for a new one, but they don't often go wrong. have a search on here for the abs plug and check the alternators charging ok
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Ok thanks.

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    I've checked and WD40'd the connections on the top of the ABS control unit and checked the connector on the back of the control unit at the top of the steering column (it moved a bit - so might have been slightly loose).

    Tried to check the connections on the alternator - hmmm - easier said than done. I know they are there somewhere - but damned if I can get my hands on them. I know it charges so hopefully it's ok


    All seems ok. If it doesn't do it in the next 2 months then I might have fixed it

    While I was there I welded the centre exhaust bracket back on to the exhaust - so at least I know I fixed something!

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