What a day.......Ive been working in Sunderland all week & car has run like a dream as usual. I started it up to set off home & the battery light came on so I turned engine off & re-started & hey presto no light. I thought all was well and it was just a glitch but wipers seemed to be labouring a bit on motorway but not drastically. When I got near home (about 145 mile journey) the bread knife wanted some ale for tonight so I stopped off to get some & the car wouldnt start again. Battery was that dead it wouldnt even turn over - just the starter motor clicking. Anyway got a jump start off some lads digging the roads up & that got me to within 5 miles of home but the battery light was constantly on, power steering had gone, all lights were showing on dash, seatbelt bong was going then dashboard completely failed.........2 mins later car chugged to a stop in a bit of a bottle neck in the road.
Recovery truck turned up within 30mins but he had no jump leads so couldnt even wind the window up He didnt usually come out to breakdowns he said so didnt know how to operate the controls to lower the back off the truck, the winch was all tangled etc oh and it absolutely pissed it down so I was soaked to skin & now I got a wet seat too through the open window. Not good after a 60+hour week.
I reckon its the alternator. Has anyone else had this & does this sound like a familiar story??
Car is a 56 reg 150bhp with 80k miles and has never let me down til now. I looked at alternators on Eurocarparts & they have a few in stock so will be able to get my mate to fit it in time for Monday. They have a Denso 1 that is 140amp output. Will this be ok??