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VW polo alternator light stays on

Hi got a new CD player fitted last Friday. On Monday the car wouldn't start and got someone to give a quick charge. Wouldn't start again the next day as battery flat. When charged again the battery charge leads were both incoorectly applied to the positive. Car wouldn't start at all. Took all battery leads off and charged battery separately. Put the battery back in the car and it runs but the alternator light on the dash stays on when the engine is running. Hubby tried to charge the battery again from his vehicle but couldn't get the positive lead on because of the sparks. Have we fried the alternator?

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Yes, by connecting the charger the wrong way round you have damaged the rectifier in the alternator, now needs a replacement

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