Alternator - ready to throw the car in the bin!
I have been a lurker on the forum for ages, mostly a reader than a poster. I have a lovley R53 BRG Cooper S. 55k Miles, really good nick. Purchased in March, great history etc etc.
Couple months ago the power steering pump went, tried to fix, no joy, had to buy a refurb off eBay.
Two weeks ago, had to call the AA as car just died. Steering heavy etc. classic alternator fail. So off to Euro Car Parts, £200 quid lighter, couple hours of swearing (its a horrible job!)...and there is a new alternator in the car.
However, test the battery fine circa 12.8volts, start the car voltage drops to the pre-alternator change reading of circa 11 volts.
I have checked:
- Battery, fully charged on my bench power supply. Also tried another battery from another car
- All fuses, none blown
- High voltage fuses, all meter out
- Alternator connections
- PAS causing issues (worried I can't hear it whine, maybe because the alternator is not powering)
Any help appreciated, else its going down the tip!