RED LIGHT

Mini Magazine - - Tech -

QI’ve got a 1993 Mini Sprite that runs very well, bar­ring the red al­ter­na­tor warn­ing light, which comes on now and again at idle, albeit not very brightly. The car gets parked up for weeks on end and al­ways holds charge, so I doubt it’s a charg­ing is­sue. Any sug­ges­tions to what it might be? Adam Wood

AIf every­thing is hooked up and prop­erly con­nected, this would only hap­pen when the idle is speed is too low, so not pro­vid­ing enough drive to the al­ter­na­tor to charge. Most times this hap­pens just af­ter start­ing the car from cold, so im­me­di­ately af­ter a big de­mand on the bat­tery, and the al­ter­na­tor is re-charg­ing at that point. The re­sis­tance caused within the al­ter­na­tor drags the idle speed down. If that is not the case, then it may well be a ter­mi­nal not prop­erly con­nected, mak­ing in­ter­mit­tent non or poor con­tact with its join­ing con­nec­tion. Ul­ti­mately the best course of ac­tion would be to have the bat­tery con­di­tion and charg­ing sys­tem checked out.

“The seal ac­tu­ally fits to the body­work, the sec­tion known as the rear drain chan­nel, not the bon­net”

Al­ways check out warn­ing lights.

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