Electrical & Lights Check System & Battery light on

Discussion in '7th Generation (2003-2008) [Acura TSX]' started by StuH, Friday 2nd Sep, 2016.

  1. StuH Premium Member Club Supporter

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    I'm guessing it's electrical; just started the car, I've got a 'Check System' message on the screen between the dials and the red battery light is staying on, I've also got a whining noise from the left hand side of the engine. I'm thinking alternator,not sure what else? I need to get it home, about 10 mins, should I risk it or get the AA to recover it?
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    No codes.
     
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  2. StuH Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Alternator is red hot. Guess that's the culprit then!
     
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    Easy diagnosis !
     
  4. StuH Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Yep. Given how hot it got after a short journey I've not moved it since, it's safe off the road. Unfortunately not been able to source a replacement before Monday.
     
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  5. StuH Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Absolutely poured down today but tried to get at least the alternator out when the rain eased, sadly it eased for about 5 mins before chucking it down again. I did stay out long enough to get frustrated with the two bottom bolts:

    alternator.

    I just could not get anything to get a purchase on that right hand bolt; a socket was hitting the cast pipe in the middle, any sort of extension would hit the fan. I've been out and bought a pretty long offset ring spanner but any ideas what else I can do? I suppose I could take the fan out but I'd like not to if possible.
     
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  7. StuH Premium Member Club Supporter

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    It's not so much not having the tools as I have use of a decent amount of kit, it was more a case of finding a combination that works! As it happens, tonight in the dry I got them out pretty quick. Getting that damn alternator out proved a challenge but after undoing the washer bottle (PAS res and bracket already out of the way) I found I could manoeuvre it out. Strangely the new one simply drifted in!

    Anyway, problem solved. All is well again and a slightly rough idle has gone so that's an added bonus!
     
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    Well done, good to hear it's sorted.

    Yeah strange that ! You battle to get the old one out but new one just goes straight in ! LOL

    I guess it's because you know the path to take it through.
     
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