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First post on here so hello to everyone ? I bought a used 1.6 Diesel just over 3 weeks ago which is 3.5 years old with 47k on the clock. Within the first few weeks the car sometimes wouldn’t automatically stop because there was not enough charge in the battery then last week the car would not start due to the battery being flat, managed to bump start it and get to my mechanic. He diagnosed it as needing and battery but then tested the alternator as well, to mine and his amazement it turned out was putting out little voltage, the alternator was also getting very hot and had a slight burning smell. Has anyone had or heard of this on a 1.6?
 

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Mine is almost 3 year old and approaching the same mileage as yours and has none of those issues.. The only time it doesn't stop - start is when the DPF is doing a regen or the Engine hasn't warmed up. Did you buy it private or Trade? if trade, I'd get it back to the garage you got it from as three weeks means you're still in warranty.
 

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Battery is £60 to buy and only takes a few minutes to fit.

Still leaves over £1100 for alternator supply and fit, which is bonkers!
New Denso (o.e. equivelent) approx £300
 

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1.6 Diesel - Broken Alternator

First post on here so hello to everyone ? I bought a used 1.6 Diesel just over 3 weeks ago which is 3.5 years old with 47k on the clock. Within the first few weeks the car sometimes wouldn’t automatically stop because there was not enough charge in the battery then last week the car would not start due to the battery being flat, managed to bump start it and get to my mechanic. He diagnosed it as needing and battery but then tested the alternator as well, to mine and his amazement it turned out was putting out little voltage, the alternator was also getting very hot and had a slight burning smell. Has anyone had or heard of this on a 1.6?
 

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About 6 months ago a colleague's 2010 Focus 1.6 TDCi needed a new alternator. I priced one up for her on ECP and it was around £230. Out of curiosity, I priced one on the same site, for my car at the time, a 63-plate 1.6 diesel Civic, and it was nearly £600 for the same brand alternator as the Focus (Denso IIRC).
 

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First post on here so hello to everyone ? I bought a used 1.6 Diesel just over 3 weeks ago which is 3.5 years old with 47k on the clock. Within the first few weeks the car sometimes wouldn’t automatically stop because there was not enough charge in the battery then last week the car would not start due to the battery being flat, managed to bump start it and get to my mechanic. He diagnosed it as needing and battery but then tested the alternator as well, to mine and his amazement it turned out was putting out little voltage, the alternator was also getting very hot and had a slight burning smell. Has anyone had or heard of this on a 1.6?


A battery's life is about five years before you need to think about renewing. ( when I sold old red at 5 years and 2 months the new owner had a new battery courtesy of Honda due to failure. Dodged that cost ) So I'd guess a alternator fault. I don't know life span of one but 47000 miles over 3.5 years sounds like a bit of a motorway queen. Which is good for clutch and engine. Hopefully then this is your only major problem and with it paid for by Honda, at the right time for it to happen.


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