Repeat alternator replacement
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.