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gnuoynomis
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16th Jan 04 at 19:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Hi.

I stopped at the shops on my way home from work tonight and 5 mins later started the car to continue going home and I now have the battery light staying on when the engine is running. Not only that but my hand brake warning light is remaining on too even though the hand brake is off. Are these related?

I have checked the drive belt and that is fine (I think it was the drive belt, it was the belt you can see on the left hand side below the air filter box). I have a '94 Corsa 1.5D if that helps with anyone replying.

I would really like if anyone has any ideas to reply as if it is simple to fix I can try tomorrow myself to do it, otherwise I will ring up my local garage tomorrow afternoon and will have to take half a day on Monday to have it repaired.

Thanks for your help in advance.
Mattb
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16th Jan 04 at 19:32   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

firstly check you'r brake fluid level, if thats low, that will explain you'r h/brake light being on.
if you are not low on brake fluid, then i expect that the lights on together may be related.
as for the battery, i am unsure
gnuoynomis
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I just went out and checked the brake fluid level and it is fine. Any other ideas?
wainey
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your alternators probably on its way out! thats what the battery light comes on for, warning that your alternators fooked! have it checked out mate! your battery should be 12v without engine running, engine running it should have more voltsge through it, not sure on exact figure but presume around 13.5-14v, if it aint your alternator aint charging your battery!
think im right there anyhow
Kerry
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im almost sure if ure battery light is on all the time it is warning u that it isnt bein charged which would point the finger towards the alternator.

most garages do free alternator and battery checks so id get ureself there before ure battery goes flat
gnuoynomis
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I would check the voltage but can't get a voltmeter now til Monday at work. I'll have to book it into the garage then for them to look at. Any idea how much a new alternator is if I do happen to need a new one?
Kerry
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quote:
Originally posted by gnuoynomis
Any idea how much a new alternator is if I do happen to need a new one?


give ure local scrappys a call in the morn
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16th Jan 04 at 21:19   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

u alternator is not charging yuour battery,
how many miles has the alt. done?
gnuoynomis
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My car is just about to do hit the 80,000 miles mark.
Kerry
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quote:
Originally posted by IntaCepta
u alternator is not charging yuour battery,



echo?
IntaCepta
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quote:
Originally posted by Kerry
quote:
Originally posted by IntaCepta
u alternator is not charging yuour battery,



echo?


lol, feeling lazy today, didn't even bother reading the who thread
my bad
Kerry
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forgiven my freind
Dave
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quote:
Originally posted by gnuoynomis
I would check the voltage but can't get a voltmeter now til Monday at work. I'll have to book it into the garage then for them to look at. Any idea how much a new alternator is if I do happen to need a new one?


I could be wrong here but off the top of my head I think they are about 60-70 for a brand new one, you usually have to give your old one back too. Just think yourself lucky you dont have air con and pas cos then its a right sod to change
clarkie
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16th Jan 04 at 23:31   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yer, alternaters charge at 14v, battery shud be abouve bout 12.3 to be good
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altinators are well expencive for the td's tho, ask kris TD
wainey
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quote:
Originally posted by Kerry
quote:
Originally posted by IntaCepta
u alternator is not charging yuour battery,



echo?
echo echo echo to my reply

 
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