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Hi everyone, hope its OK to start a thread so soon after joining.
Yesterday I got the battery warning light up on the dashboard. The car started a few times as I was out and about and I thought maybe it was to do with the cold, and promptly forgot about it as I settled down to watch the Leeds - Man U game on TV.
This morning, I got the car started but as I sat waiting for it to warm up, more lights popped up on the dashboard, PAS / ABS etc and the interior lights dimmed. I turned off the ignition and then tried to re-fire it, but nothing. Dead as a dodo.
Now, since then I've been out to get something and noticed that the central locking was working again (was'nt when I locked it) so I had a go at turning it over, and bingo. Fired up first time although took ever so slightly longer than usual.
So this seems odd...?!
Anyway I have it booked in at the garage tomorrow, my main concern is getting it there, but why would it suddenly fire up again after being dead?
I have a battery charger that my Dad has brought over for me, it is an 8 Amp trickle charger, will this charge up the battery for a 1.6 TDCI? I've heard it needs to be a more powerful charger for the diesel model batteries, may it just take longer to charge?
Anyway, thoughts are appreciated as to what the problem is and how I may resolve it. Would going for a decent run out help? I dont particularly want to get stranded but then I could atleast call Ford Assist out to look at it

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Hi Pete,you have just described the symptoms I got just before my alt packed up.
If you have a good car spares shop (not Halfords) near you get one from them & if you know of any good mobile mechanics ask them to fit it,should be £50/70 for fitting.
Good luck.
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I think I have the same problem today. I started the car 2004 cmax 1.6 diesel tcdi this afternoon and I heard this 'whirring' noise coming from the engine bay. Then my Ignition warning light came on. Looks like a battery (red). I understand its the alternator. If so what a time to go in this cold weather. Why now? I am bemused and peeved. £372 my local ford garage (forthorne) quoted to supply and fit. So I have to get it done asap. I am hoping to get in cheaper by a local auto electrician.
 

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Have you access to a multimeter?If so its worth testing the battery before you condemn it it should have over 12V with the ignition off and you can also test the alternator and a healthy one should kick out over 14V with lights and radio on.I once had an AA man tell me I needed a new alternator on the Galaxy but when I got it home and checked it the lead that goes from the alternator to the battery was in fact at fault
 

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Guess what my mate did the with the meter and it wasnt the alternator. When I started the engine this morning the ignition warning light didn't come on either. Confused.com!!
There is a slight 'whirring' noise. Not so evident now. Must be this damn cold we are having.
 

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The whirring noise you can hear is the early stages of the failure of the alternator. I had a similar experience earlier this year, the alternator limped on for about 9 months then gave up completely. The C-Max (1.6 Tdci auto Ghia 2004 ) died and I had to call Green Flag for a lift home for me and car. Got a replacement alternator from Euro car parts and fitted it (a lengthy job as so much had to be removed in order to get at the alternator) took about three hous in all. Work perfectly ever since.
 

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I was panicing as I have my daughter this weekend so needed the car. I will NEVER by Ford again though. Never had problems with my Toyota MR2 and Corolla I have done this pile of ****!
 

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There is an alternator repair kit which is about £40 I believe. Solves the issues as I understand it.
The owner of my local garage told me about it so I'm not sure where you get them from..! I'd imagine an enquiry at an electrical specialist would yeild results.

With regard to the Toyota - I'd rather have a dodgy alternator than a sticking accelarator...! Personally I think Toyota's are poor cars- and I bet there are a fair few that have bought one in recent times will agree... never seen such a huge recall programme Toyota have had to do. Not sure why'd you buy a C max Smileyif you already havetwo cars you are very happy with..??!
 

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I suspect you have just had the first signs of the alternator being on the verge of failing unfortunatly
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I suspect you have just had the first signs of the alternator beinghe on the verge of failing unfortunatly
Same here ,battery warning light came on ,must be the alternator..As i changed the auxilery drivebelt and spanner .. must burned out the alternator. Customer not happy .Aswel smoke coming from the Alternator plug.
 
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