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Ignition light on.

I did a search on the site, and it seems the ignition light staying on
is a common problem.
I drove my new acquisition the 180 odd miles home with no problems, but the light is on permanently.
Revving it might make it go dimmer, but then it will just get brighter, then dim again, regardless of engine speed.

The wires to the alternator aren't in a block, they are individually connected, and though they seemed a bit loose, fettling with them still didn't help with the light.

Any pointers?

Thanks.


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ignition light on

Hi Tony,these Bedfords seem to have this prob.The first thing is, get ameter this will able you to find out if the Altenator is giving a charge.Do you have any micanical expereance?If you do I hope it's better than my spelling.Cheers+Beers,Jim.

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alternator sound right to me ive just had to change mine didn't take to lone with the help of the wife lol
as jim said get an multimeter thing start engine and put the multimeter thing on the batteries and you should be getting 13/14 volts if not its def the alternator but check first .
guy



sounds like i now wot im doing old sons but its only wot ive learnt on here LOL LOL

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mite not be the alternator even if it not charging though..

you need to check the fuse box as they tend to have high resistance on the spade connectors.

another spot to check is the bulkhead connectors as they tend to get corroded,

the ignition switch is also known to have bad connectors internally ........
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yea i was gonna say that as well
happy weekend
guy

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I drove to Welsh Wales and back on Sunday, and the red light was shining bright in the dark.....so I knocked it onto side lights when I could just to be sure of getting home.
Revving the old girl up didn't brighten the headlights at all, so I suspect the alternator is frazzled.
I've dropped it off with a chap who's going to get me a 70 amp one, hopefully for the w/end so we can go out to play in the 'van.....

He recommended I run a separate 70 amp wire from the alternator straight to the battery, as the original wires might not be up to the job, so I'll do that as well.
Roll on the w/end!!
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If you have a local welding supplier 35mm cross section cable is more than enough for any charging system. I used it on my Transit engine conversion and now rather than being sluggish to start when cold it roars to life as soon as you turn the key. Find a local electrical supplier who will crimp some ring terminal ends on. My local one let me borrow the tool in the shop, and only charged my the princely sum of 60p per terminal. Total cost about £30 but they are the best battery leads you will ever get!
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didnt want to start a new thread but when im driving theres a high pitched whining sound ..i thought it was the alternator belt being to tight but ive ruled that and all other belts out.
i think its coming from the big tube/pipe that is on top of the carb going to the air filter bit and every time i give her some gas or put my clutch down shell whine but then after a while itll stop ............any one come across this phenomenon im thinking may be theres a hole in the tube/pipe ..def some thing to do with carb tho..


soz for kidnapping your thread old son
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guypjfreak wrote:
didnt want to start a new thread but when im driving theres a high pitched whining sound

The answer is simple but expensive - divorce

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wots that colin ??
should i have started new thread old son ??

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Colin is to shy to say, the reason it`s expensive===it`s worth it

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Hi guy. Had that whine on mine turned out that carb retaining nuts wanted tightening. John
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cheers ill check it out john old son bob and colin ........your just mad lol must be the heat
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I'll just try to drag this hijacked thread back on track...........

new shiny alternator arrived yesterday. £65 all in, not bad I thought.
Will be fitted tomorrow after work, and I'll hopefully be able to post that the red light is off..............
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tony wrote:
...I'll hopefully be able to post that the red light is off..............

I wouldn't hold your breath if I were you!
This problem existed in my van ever since I had it.I did all the obvious,new alternator,new battery cables etc.I would guess that because of the age of the wiring there's a short somewhere in the circuit.Finding it is another matter.Maybe the only surefire cure is to rewire the whole van!
That was on my list of things to do.

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soz for the hijacking old son and good luck
guy

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Alternator fitted, van fired up, light is....................................................................................................................................................................................................................off!

Held my paws over the ign light shroud, and I can't see even a glimmer.
I s'pose the real test will be a drive in the dark, make sure the lights flare up etc.

I ran an additional wire from the alternator directly to the battery live, through a 30 amp inline blade fuse.
I could have run the cable to the starter live, but it seemed a bit easier, and a darn sight cleaner to go straight to the batt.

I'll be rewiring a bit under the bonnet in due course,it's a bit of a dogs dinner tbh, so I may well redo the extra wire too, but as long as it works for now, happy days!!

@ guypjfreak, no worries about the hijack, no one was hurt in and we all got out ok...
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you will need to increase that fuse to more than 60amp or it will keep on blowing for you.........
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Gethin wrote:
you will need to increase that fuse to more than 60amp or it will keep on blowing for you.........


I thought that would be the case too, it's a 70 amp charger...
Advice for a 30 amp fuse was from a very knowledgeable fella I know, because the extra cable is secondary/an addition, the load should be shared.
(I think that's what he was getting at.)
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but if the original connection fails or starts to sail all the load will be trough the fuse.

I personally dont fit any fuses to the alternator feed as at when the engine first starts up there will be a surge of amps trying to go from alternator to battery .......
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