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Post by Tosan on Wed 15 Jan 2014 - 16:36

Hi Folks
We were away at the weekend and as soon as we left the Battery light came on.
It was soon apparent that it wasn't running the fridge on the battery! 
We believe that the fault lies with the Alternator and was wondering if anyone has actual replace this themselves ????
And if so how easy or hard was it ? Tony is looking at doing it himself.
Also i would like to point out that the MH  (Bessacarr 2009 plate) and has only done 20,000 not a lot of milage for this kind of failer ! 

Any help would be appreciated many thanks 
Feeling Sad( good start to 2014 !!!
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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by The Burchies on Wed 15 Jan 2014 - 16:47

I would probably have a garage look at it first just to confirm what the problem is, then go from there.
just my thoughts.
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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by KSH on Wed 15 Jan 2014 - 16:54

Some alternator faults can easily be repaired by an auto electrician and can be a lot cheaper than buying a new one, you need to find one that repairs them though and not just changes them, west end auto's in Oswaldtwistle I recommend them if you haven't got one in Barlic.
But if you are changing it yourself, they are easy enough although a bit fiddly, 2 bolts hold it on, 1 bolt needs removing from the tensioner and the wires need disconnecting, there not usually good to get at though, and most important thing DISCONNECT YOUR BATTERY

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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by Tosan on Wed 15 Jan 2014 - 17:19

Quick replys thanks

Tony's not home as he would have more detail than me but basically we know 
1.there is no power coming from the alternator  
2. If its a 140watt (is that right ) its £160 for a Boch one should say here thats for a new one as they do recon !
3. Been told it could be a swine to get at as its at the back of the engine and exhaust and such have to come of 
4. Thanks Ken we do have one in Barlick i think and not had time to price up a repair but will ring your one as well seeing they come recommended Smile
5. Thanks Burchies but if it goes into be checked they might as well do it as it will cost enough just for them to check it.

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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by KSH on Wed 15 Jan 2014 - 17:43

That doesn't surprise me, they used to be so easy to get at till someone decided it would be a good idea to put the engines in sideways  Sad  now you can't get at anything!

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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by The Burchies on Thu 16 Jan 2014 - 6:15

5. Thanks Burchies but if it goes into be checked they might as well do it as it will cost enough just for them to check it.

Sandra, you shouldn't get charged anything for a reputable garage to tell you what is wrong.
They will also be able to give you a quote for the work which needs to be carried out.
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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by Chameleon on Thu 16 Jan 2014 - 10:37

I understand your motorhome is a Swift/Bessacar. 

If you look around the battery area you will find an inline fuse which when blown disconnects the charge from the habitation area of the motorhome.

This will put the battery light on the dash - did on my Swift.
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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by KSH on Thu 16 Jan 2014 - 10:44

Chameleon wrote:I understand your motorhome is a Swift/Bessacar. 

If you look around the battery area you will find an inline fuse which when blown disconnects the charge from the habitation area of the motorhome.

This will put the battery light on the dash - did on my Swift.
Fingers crossed hoping thats all that is wrong

Fingers crossed on other hand that Tony isn't underneath the van, cursing and swearing trying to get the alternator off  Very Happy 

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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by Chameleon on Thu 16 Jan 2014 - 10:53

We had wet weather and the vehicle probably been stood so it could be stuck brushes in the alternator.

A light tap with a hammer on the alternator would sort that - if that is the problem.
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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by Tosan on Fri 17 Jan 2014 - 10:42

Sorry Folks !
I should of got back to you before now Sad

Anyway not done ought yet !
Tony is finishing at dinner time today to start to have a look and check things out.

Will keep you informed 
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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by Tosan on Fri 17 Jan 2014 - 10:45

Chameleon wrote:I understand your motorhome is a Swift/Bessacar. 

If you look around the battery area you will find an inline fuse which when blown disconnects the charge from the habitation area of the motorhome.

This will put the battery light on the dash - did on my Swift.


Many thanks 
will defo check this out 
but.............theres always a but.
Its been on electric this week and when the control unit is switched off it should charge the cab battery
and just checked now and cab battery is full Smile
So thats working 

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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by Tosan on Fri 17 Jan 2014 - 10:46

KSH wrote:
Chameleon wrote:I understand your motorhome is a Swift/Bessacar. 

If you look around the battery area you will find an inline fuse which when blown disconnects the charge from the habitation area of the motorhome.

This will put the battery light on the dash - did on my Swift.
Fingers crossed hoping thats all that is wrong

Fingers crossed on other hand that Tony isn't underneath the van, cursing and swearing trying to get the alternator off  Very Happy 

Ha ha in our life nothing is that easy ...........wish it was
You would of heard Tony at your house  Very Happy

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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by Tosan on Fri 17 Jan 2014 - 10:47

Chameleon wrote:We had wet weather and the vehicle probably been stood so it could be stuck brushes in the alternator.

A light tap with a hammer on the alternator would sort that - if that is the problem.

Another good idea will check that as well
We know that on Friday last there was no power coming out of the Alternator 

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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by KSH on Fri 17 Jan 2014 - 11:45

Will charge the battery on hook up, different circuit, nothing to do with alternator

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Post by Tosan on Fri 17 Jan 2014 - 16:49

KSH wrote:Will charge the battery on hook up, different circuit, nothing to do with alternator
Yes we know but it has been mentioned to us that it could be of been a problem Its just ticking all the boxes !

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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by Tosan on Sun 19 Jan 2014 - 20:49

Hi well the alternator is off ! Took of Saturday tried to up load photo with out success Sad can it be don of a iPad ? Photo that is ? 
Could be getting a new Alternator tomorrow so will update after that Smile

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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by KSH on Mon 20 Jan 2014 - 19:43

She's using one of them I-fandangled devices Mark  Very Happy 

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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by Tosan on Tue 21 Jan 2014 - 14:44

i am indeed Ken  Very Happy

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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by Tosan on Tue 21 Jan 2014 - 14:44

The Rebuild Begins !

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Post by The Burchies on Tue 21 Jan 2014 - 14:51

Tosan wrote:i am indeed Ken  Very Happy

use photobucket for ipad works a treat, ask Bob (whistlinggypsy).
it works using the url for the photo info.
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Re: Alternator Failure

Post by Tosan on Fri 24 Jan 2014 - 19:00

It's Done  cheers 
I know I said on Tuesday the re build had begun well it had but 2 hrs in............disaster we had the wrong alternator  Crying or Very sad No fault of ours thou ! 
To be fair it wasn't really the fault of the suppliers either. 
Anyway due to work commitments poor Tony couldn't take the new off till yesterday and then a bit of a long morning for me today but we then had a usable alternator !!!!
And even after being in work the poor lad got straight on with it this afternoon and hey presto it's all sorted !!

Been a bit of a bad week really got car keyed last Sunday all this messing about with the alternator ! Noughts straight forward for us. 
Anyway all done ! 
Thanks everyone for your advise ! 

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