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How can I fix my Citroen berlingo 1.9 diesel 2002 van?

Hello.I've recently had a problem with battery dash warning light coming on .on 30min then off.I've checked auxiliary belt and tried changing the battery but still the same.any advice please.

Steve
February 2016
could be the carbon/graphite brushes in the alternator are worn & sticking, they are replaceable, get a brush pack from your local autofactors, some are very simple to replace with the alternator on the vehicle, others a complete pain, either way its cheaper than replacing the complete alternator and is a service item that frequently goes untouched (until it wears out) I would start here if your vehicle is high milage or has aftermarket 12v goodies

spud
February 2016
The battery light on the dashboard (when on) shows that the battery voltage is higher than the charging voltage and that the battery is not being charged.

If forms part of the circuit to the exciter windings of the alternator - it the wire come loose or the bulb fails there will no current to the field windings of the alternator - the battery will not charge and eventually run flat. The light will remain off and you will not know until the battery goes flat.

If the light remains on it shows a low voltage from the alternator - the fact that that it sometimes works suggests that the alternator itself is not defective.

I am not a motor engineer but I would suspect that sometimes the alternator is not being driven fast enough to make the light go out. I guess a slack or slipping drive belt.

The battery is not going flat because some of the time there is enough charging voltage to top it up when the light is out.

I am not in any way qualified to offer this opinion.

Good Luck...
February 2016

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