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alternator light not working

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1990 diesel doka.

Starts fine but no battery illuminated on the dash. The battery is discharging quite rapidly but it may be getting past its best.

Would anyone have any useful pointers please?

Could it be a blown bulb?

Thanks

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First thing to check is the small blue wire at the rear of the alternator , check it is connected and is not damaged 
it’s should when it is disconnected from the alternator, with the ignition switched on give you a reading of about 12v against chassis neg .
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What he said.

Chances are, you have a dodgy connection or wire.
It is indeed a blue wire.

The route is not too convaluted.
Alternator to the engine bay junction box.
Junction box to main fuse box.
Then main fuse box to dash panel.
And then there is the dash flexible circuit board.

These flexible circuit board tracks can crack and fail with age and brittleness. So could also be the cause of your dead warning light.

The dash light is an LED , so not a normal bulb.
LEDs have a much longer life span, than normal bulbs, so not as prone to burning out if used normally.
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Put a multi meter on the battery , then start the engine , if the voltage doesn’t increase by 2-3 volts the alternator isn’t charging, check the dash light works , then as above check the alternator wiring

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Many thanks all of you for responding so quickly. I’ll be having a poke around today.🙂

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As suggested the blue wire had come adrift. Eventually found the correct connection and red light comes on then goes out as it should.

Only additional question: where does the red/black wire which is lying next to the blue one go as it is also disconnected? On the digram it just goes to the alternator but it's not clear where.

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My understanding is that the red / black wire is the starter solenoid wire.
So it should go to the starter, not to the alternator.

Heavy red / black goes from starter motor directly to fusebox connector D24.

Connections to -
alternator are as follows: -
10mm red wire to starter motor.

1.5mm red wire to engine bay "engine electrics"
(Fuel injection systems, pre-heaters etc).

0.5mm blue wire to fuse box pin E13.

Earthing is through the mounting brackets.
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The starter motor is as follows: -

6mm red / black wire is from the solenoid to the fuse box pin D24

10mm red wires is to the alternator.

70mm red wire is from starter motor to the battery + post

Both the starter motor and starter solenoid, are earthed through their mounting to the bell-housing.

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I hope that helps.
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Have you checked the alternator is actually charging the battery properly as I thought the light on the dash was an indicator of not charging You may just have a worn out alternator.
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Al Housman wrote: 10 Apr 2021, 18:06 As suggested the blue wire had come adrift. Eventually found the correct connection and red light comes on then goes out as it should.
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