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my 147 selespeed has been at the garage for 7 weeks now, i thought i was going to get my car back last week until they phoned and said that the alternator was now not charging my battery. (i forgot to say my car is in for gearbox replacement)
when my car went to the garage there was nothing wrong with the alternator and now it suddenly is not working.
could it be possible that the alternator now has problems because the car has been stationary for 7 weeks
 
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It's possible that the battery now has problems because it's been idle for 7 weeks, it may just be that the battery now needs a full charge to give it enough oomph for the alternator to be able to cope with it.
 

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thanks tomhannah, i also thought this,but surley an alfa mechanic would check this first? would you know if it is possible to blow an alternator by accident if you where trying to jump start car?
 

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would you know if it is possible to blow an alternator by accident if you where trying to jump start car?
It is usually the ECUs that fail after/during a jump start.
 

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hi david c,could you shed some light on why a perfectly functioning alternator would suddenly stop working, they have told me they are going to replace it for me free of charge, they said it cannot be re-conditioned. my car has been at the garage for seven weeks idol i assume, would this have an effect on the alternator?
 

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To me, 7 weeks at the garage sounds like a problem itself! What garage is it, Namills?

I had a gearbox replacement a few years ago, took them 2 days as they were busy.

And is the garage even capable of making the decision that the alternator can't be repaired?! (if there as a problem with it at all)
My girlfriend had her 11year old alternator fixed at a specialist for £25.
Why would the garage even replace it for free? They are a business?

Something doesn't sound right about the garage...
 

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i agree tigger, i live in cape town, so parts are a problem,but the alternator has finished me off now, i do not know where to get a straight answer,thats why i am looking for help? the gear box is another story which i will bore somebody with if there interested.
 

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you sound like an alfa dealer, a far question i suppose. the short answer is i took my car in for a new gear box,the question is why would a perfectly good alternator need replacing?
 
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Are they replacing it free? Wouldn't have thought so...

It could be purely co-incidental that the alternator has gone after a lay-up, odd though!

Btw...Chris isn't a dealer ;)

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hi wrinx, they are paying for it- it stems from the fact they have had my car for 7-8 weeks, i have read your comments before you sound like you know what you are talking about, i have a question for you?
the old selespeed gearbox has been superceded by a newer model,of which the new shaft on gearbox does not fit old actuator, you need to replace old shaft on to new gear box if you do not wish to buy a new actuator.doing this will effect your warranty on new box.
my question is in two parts
1. is the older gearbox still availble or can you only get the new one?
2 when alfa mechanics order new parts would they be told that a part has been superceced by a new part.
 

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Depends what you want, mate.
I do a good line it catnip mouses, all the neighbourhood cats know where to come for their jollies;)

please send as many catnip mouses as you can send if that will help answer my questions.:D
 
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1. is the older gearbox still availble or can you only get the new one?
2 when alfa mechanics order new parts would they be told that a part has been superceced by a new part.
No idea about the old gearbox, especially in your part of the world...but, the dealer or mechanic would be able to tell if it was superseded on their parts database or the factory would tell them.

David C is your man for Selespeed queries :D

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thanks wrinx i will try david c, just on the last part of your answer, you sound confident in your reply, the dealer principal and the mechanic are both saying that this is not the case they only know when the part arrives, they claim that they take the vin number from the car and ask for the part according to that number, they would not be informed or would not know until delivery!!!!!
 
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