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Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby Mne666 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:53 pm

The e30 has stopped charging...

Here's what I know...

1.The battery light on the dash doesn't light, can't say I have ever noticed if it ever worked however it does occasionally flicker on when I have been looking since this fault

2.It's happened straight after I have lowered the car

3. The car made a weird whining noise on the last drive before it failed

4. Battery is receiving no charge whatsoever

5. Alternator appears to be spinning freely

What I don't know...

Has anyone had this and it's been something other that the alternator???
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby Yoshi » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:55 pm

That's usually tell tale alternator.
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby Mne666 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:10 pm

Cool, I'll whip it out and change it... Why does the battery light stop working? Inthougt it would of come on to warn me, but hey ho!!! Either way its bit charging
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby Yoshi » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:54 am

I don't know... ~25 year old cars have their gremlins.
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby M20_fever » Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:45 pm

get tue alt tested before buying a new one. Could also be a bad connection between alt and batt.
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby Ryki » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:57 pm

Check your grounds as well! My main ground from the engine may or may not have been worn nearly all the way through...
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby Mne666 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:29 pm

It just dawned on my that there was a wire near the brake caliper, think it was looped that I taped up... It was on the left caliper. What is that for? Is it a wear sensor?
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby Yoshi » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:47 pm

wear sensor. nothing to do with alternator.
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby Mne666 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:58 pm

Stuck a £20 alternator on it today and its charging again... Winner!!! Must of been down on charge for a while as it starts much stronger now
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby Ryki » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:11 am

Hooray!
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby M20_fever » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:14 pm

Gotta love easy fixes!
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby Yoshi » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:46 pm

yaaaaay
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby Mne666 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:45 pm

Always a bonus, was pretty happy when it worked... Had a feeling it was gonna be a pain so as a gift for the car I ordered a new is lip from BMW
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby M20_fever » Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:49 pm

nice, hope you ordered new clips too.
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Re: Stopped charging!! Dam

Postby Mne666 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:12 pm

Yea, ordered six I think, have a few knocking around here too.

Do the new clips go in quite well or are they a pig?

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