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    Gday all

    a few times last week my battery light has been illuminated about 10%, it does fully turn it self on. This only seems to happen when i have my driving lights on.

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    Tonight it went up to about 25% illuminated for a short period of time and possibly some flairing or flickering of driving lights..

    1 driving light stopped working for about a year, along with the inside illuminated switch, untill i replaced a blown 5am fuse with a 25am fuse and they worked again to my surprize..

    Im just wondering if this is a sign of a short, or perhaps a failing alternator, or much worse? i did check the battery with a multimeater and it was charging at 13-14v...

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    Nathan
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadBiker
    Gday all

    a few times last week my battery light has been illuminated about 10%, it does fully turn it self on. This only seems to happen when i have my driving lights on.

    Tonight it went up to about 25% illuminated for a short period of time and possibly some flairing or flickering of driving lights..

    1 driving light stopped working for about a year, along with the inside illuminated switch, untill i replaced a blown 5am fuse with a 25am fuse and they worked again to my surprize..

    Im just wondering if this is a sign of a short, or perhaps a failing alternator, or much worse? i did check the battery with a multimeater and it was charging at 13-14v...

    Cheers
    Nathan
    oh yeah 91 405 mi16, and after market 55w halo slim line driving lights..
    Nathan. I had a similar problem on the way to the sydney test, Steve waughs last test, 6 am, braidwood, full load of brothers in law and the [email protected]#$#@$# thing stops. Im still wearing the disgrace.It turned out to be the alternator brushes and wasnt a terribly expensive fix but the real problem was as the battery discharges the ABL brakes started to play up with the pedal jumping around. Not a nice feeling so get your alternator serviced. Cheers greg

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    So it could be the death of the alternator..

    How much did it cost to get new brushes in the alternator?

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    I had it fixed by the fantastic NRMA guy in Braidwood. He couldnt believe that anyone could design a car with the alternator in that spot, but managed to get it out without dismantling the inlet manifold. Cost was around $90 and no problems since. I thought later it would be a good idea to change alternator brushes when working on the starter as it would be easily accessible. greg

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    If the Mi16 is the same as the BX 16V you can make life a bit simpler for yourself if you jack the car up, remove the front drivers side road wheel & remove the black plastic inner guard.
    Everyone always seem to have this phobia about accessing everything from the top but in this instance it improves access by about 50%. Mind you, still hard to get at. Starter motor; take the radiator out.

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