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Charging system as i was driving he battery charge indicator light came on. we stop the car and check terminals okay. then we try start the car not cranking. we aited abt ten minutes and car started , wedrove and came home

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  • vvking Jun 30, 2008

    thank u i will try this and let you know



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The regulator pack on the alternator has given up, some call it the brush pack also, the regulator is about £10, you will need to rmove the alternator to replace the reg pack, easy job, once fitted with the engine running check the voltage, should be 14.2 volts.


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Sounds like your alternator stopped working on you. A quick test is to start the car and while it's running remove the NEGATIVE battery cable. If it stays running the alternator is still good, if it quits the alternator needs to be replaced. Take a peek at the wires coming off of the back of the alternator and make sure you have to broken wires.

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