Just gone to leave work, jumped in the car, turned the key and nothing happened, not even any dashboard lights. I have been using the car every day for the last 6 days, doing 8-25 miles on each run. Apart from a random cut out on Saturday in heavy traffic, everything has seemed fine. Drove to work this morning, washed it and then parked it up, so 1 quick start/stop to move it after the commute.
The clock stopped at the time I turned the key, nothing has been left on.
The volt gauge has waved between 11 and 12 volts over this last week, but I never trusted that when I used the car as a daily a few years ago. I put a proper volt meter on the battery with the engine running last week and I was getting 13.98 and 13.94 with the headlights on. The battery whilst not very old (12 month old Varta), has been stood a while on the car and flattened a couple of times but I put it through a recondition cycle last week and it has been fine since, although I realise damage may have been already done.
I havent had more than 5 minutes to check things as I needed to get home, but I put the boost pack on it and she fired up straight away, a quick test with a cheapo battery/alternator kit similar to this
and it showed a strong alternator reading. I left the car at work so further investigation will have to wait until tomorrow...
This might be a basic question, but if I put a volt meter on the battery when the car is running, what readings should I get I assumed around 14 would be fine? I just want to eliminate the possibility of a new alternator as I fear they will be a pig of a job to fit on an aircon car. Alternatively, is there an easy way to get a true alternator reading before it reaches the battery without taking half the front end off?
The rev counter is not working, which I understand, runs from the alternator? Could this be a sign of a failing alternator?
There hasnt been any warning lights to indicate anything wrong.
And finally, what sort of a job is the alternator replacement in the worst case scenario? And can they still be obtained or is it a refurb job?
Thanks in advance