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    alternator?? i think help?!!

    i was driving home earlier from work and a strange noise from the engine kept coming and my battery light on the dash kept flickering on and off then after i got home and went back out in my car when i started it the battery light stayed on and the steering was stiff! and the noise was there again, its coming from the alternator and the power steering pump is whining now as i think the alternator has had it! would this be right?

    what alternator would i need? my cars a 1999 v reg 1.6 8v with aircon

    thanks alot chris
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    Is the alternator belt tight?
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    yess the alternator belt is tight...
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    well in that case the next port of call should be the battery and/or alternator

    if you dont have access to a multimeter to check the voltage of each then time to get them both checked out at a auto electrician who should have access to all the relevent equipment

    although on that model you will probably have the known to be problematic TRW Generation 1 PAS pump - you wouldnt have the battery light on which indicates a definite charging related problem - considering the noise of the alt as u describe its more than likely just that

    you will need a 100amp unit for yours and can be had quite cheaply on ebay

    £80 delivered http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ASTRA-G-CORSA-C-VECTRA-CALIBRA-ZAFIRA-Alternator_W0QQitemZ200314211912QQcmdZViewItemQQpt ZUK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item200314 211912&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1683|66 %3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318


    try ur local motor factors but most will apply a surcharge for returning the old one.... have a try n see what u can find

    alternatively try www.alternatormart.co.uk

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    yess ive got an multimeter, ive took the negative lead of and the battery is reading 12.55 alone... im going to check it in a min with the car running..

    yeah the bettery light is on all the time and steering is solid! lol

    yeah if you could find me some links for a new one that would be spot on!
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    above post edited with links

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    just had my multimeter on when the car was running and got the same 12.55volts
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    Alternators not chsrging then, probably just a faulty alternator
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    ok... ive orderd a new one should be here in about 2 days, will i be ok to drive my car now? just to get me to work and back?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrismk4 View Post
    will i be ok to drive my car now? just to get me to work and back?
    Well ur battery simply wont be receiving a charge so if u like the thought of bump starting it then go for it

    Alternatively if u have a battery charger at hand give it a good boost to last a few days (hopefully) or better still a battery jump pack or spare battery to keep in the car to boost it once it inevitably dies on you.

    If u must use the car then dont use any electrical accessories as this will drain the battery - ie lights, heater, etc....

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