Re­peat al­ter­na­tor re­place­ment

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

Noth­ing is more an­noy­ing than hav­ing to do the same job twice. Fit­ting a faulty part is nor­mally the rea­son for the un­wanted work.

The al­ter­na­tor on this 1999 Peu­geot 306 had been on the ve­hi­cle for nine months when the ve­hi­cle came to a stop due to a flat bat­tery. The owner asked us to re­place the bat­tery, un­der the im­pres­sion that, as the al­ter­na­tor had been re­placed some months ear­lier, it must be OK. We car­ried out a few checks just to en­sure that the al­ter­na­tor was charg­ing, only to dis­cover it wasn’t.

The unit had been sup­plied by us with a two-year guar­an­tee, so the owner didn’t have to worry about the price as the man­u­fac­turer would re­place the unit and cover the costs of labour. How­ever, the al­ter­na­tor is not eas­ily ac­cessed on this 306 diesel and the fact that we had al­ready gone through the re­place­ment once did not help with morale. Thank­fully, while the al­ter­na­tor was be­ing re­placed, the bat­tery had been on a re­con­di­tion­ing charge and re­cov­ered fully from its drain­ing.

Ac­cess to the al­ter­na­tor isn’t easy on the 306 diesel, mak­ing the job twice as dif­fi­cult.

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