2015 C3 Picasso Exclusive 1.6 BlueHDi
I'm not necessarily expecting a cheerful solution to this, but experience has taught me that it's amazing how somebody else's experiences can save you from wasting a lot of money.
I was driving along a few days ago, when the battery warning light suddenly came on. it was a busy road, perilously close to the river along the infamous North Bank of the River Nene, so I had no option but to keep driving for over a mile until I found somewhere to turn round. As soon as I stopped, but with the engine still running, the warning light went out. I'd set out for a day's fishing, so decided to carry on and fish, although leave a few hours earlier than planned – just in case.
Yesterday I drove to Spalding, about 13 miles away, making sure the aircon and mp3 player were off, just in case the battery needed topping up. All was fine until a couple of hours ago, when I went to start the car and at first the engine seemed to be struggling to turn over. It did start and the charging light stayed off, but it put a horrible nagging doubt in my mind, especially as I'm relying on my car to get me to see Posh thrashed by Ipswich tomorrow.
I took the car to a local garage, where I hoped they could run a few simple diagnostic tests and hopefully not try to con me into spending a lot of money unnecessarily. The battery turned out to be fine, leaving the alternator as the most likely suspect. Fitting a new alternator will cost me about £500 and even then they said they couldn't guarantee that it might not be something else!
So over to you good people, to tell me of a simple fix that will cost me next to nothing, or else fill me with doom and gloom.
Edited by PJS54, 16 August 2019 - 03:08 PM.