Problem with Astra ..?

Astra 2005 symptoms b4 battery light came on whilst driving a few days home ok..started ok next morning...then broke down. Initially assumed battery or alternator & local garage attempted to fix. Turns out theres a few different alternators for the Astra..eventually got right one..fitted ...all working ok but not charging battery...thought maybe faulty alternator...put another on...still same. Anyone any clues....seems to be something electrical but cant get hold of wiring diagram..local garage suggest taking to main dealer.....not too keen as that will be an arm & a leg job.....Anyone had this problem ...any help appreciated

Asked By: crazy wild - 9/17/2010
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I have seen this fault on several occasions which is caused by a particular fuse blowing in the fuse box. Before you spend any money check all the fuses, If you find a blown one replace it but if it blows straight away make note of what fuse or circuit and speak to a auto electrician... More
Answered By: turboextreme - 9/18/2010
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Should be dead easy for good technician to fix. Connect voltmeter across battery should read approx 14.5 volts ( engine running). If not put positive lead of meter on main output lead of alternator. Should give 14.5 volts as above. If not put positive lead of meter as before and negative lead of meter on the alternator... More
Answered By: doug o - 9/17/2010
your ignition light may well have a intermittent fault within the dash printed circuit ,causing erratic charging the dash will need pulling out to check it , i think if the problem persist,s find a car electrician probably cheaper than main dealer
Answered By: eddieibalz - 9/17/2010
Hi a five year old car has it had a new battery,if not it could be as the plates inside the battery build up a crust on the plates which means it will not accept a charge... More
Answered By: DR + Mrs Bears face - 9/18/2010
if the battery has a dead cell it will not charge try another battery from a friends car before you put your hand in your pocket and spend more money
Answered By: idac123 - 9/18/2010
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