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Discussion in 'VR - VS Holden Commodore (1993 - 1997)' started by markovr, Jan 10, 2005.
Are the alternator faults also common in the VR series 1
Well... Now I cannot wait for the morning to go and have a look.
I bought a 1996 VS Ecotec Wagon Acclaim in February 2011 with 273Km on it.
I only had it for two weeks, when it almost refused to crank up and I immediately suspected the battery.
I went to the garage and got a new battery.
Went to the corner shop after that, and when I came out, it was dead as a dodo.
I went back to the garage, and since the car was only 100 metres away, we pushed it.
The guy put a new starter motor in it, and it was still dead as a dodo.
So he traced an electrical fault to the battery terminal.
He just tightened the clamp around the red cable and it started.
This morning, 4 months later, car was dead again.
It turned out that the battery was flat and I have no idea what drained it.
Nothing was left "ON".
Also, a stupid question
Where is the switch to turn the ceiling light on/off
The light has not worked since I bought the car. When I changed the bulb today, the light came on and I cannot find the switch to turn it off.
If only I signed up earlier, I woulda known. Got an entire new alternator, oh well, might be good in the long run.
Oh, and the light for that (I had this problem too, for a day or two) is next to where you turn your headlights on. Like right on the left of it. It also adjust the brightness of the dash lights if turned all the way down.
just bought a vs statesman with 166k on the clock D: thanks for the heads up mate will be checking it this weekend!
Interestingly... my alarm would also go off everytime I was putting it on.
So for 5 months I would leave the car open.
It turned out that the alarm went off, because the switch for the ceiling light was in the "on" position.
But I did not know because the bulb of the ceiling light was burnt out.
Hahhaa... dammit, I JUST Read this thread today..and the SAME problem had occurred on monday !! HAHAHAH...
Thought the alternator had died, was draining batteries so quick.. So we went to take the alternator off.. to see the Red Power wire had 'broken' ..
Thank god I had great help thanks to an Auto-lecy bud !
But the thing, my wagon has only done 107-XXXk's .. But, I guess its a crappy wire lol.. So instead of fixin the same wire , he just replaced the whole wire.. Now the wagon is happy and is not eating its batteries
Thanks for the heads up. I had no idea about that and mine was very burnt out.
Just checked mine, insulations knackered. :/ might get some 0 gauge this weekend then
Far that happened twice too my commy in the first two weeks of having the car and fix the problem my self all sweet as now ay
This happened to me in a Red Rooster drive-thru lol. Had 189k on the clock, unfortunately bought a new alternator then saw this thread. As my mate was replacing the alternator, he saw that the wire was the problem. :|
Been There Done That, Luckily i knew about it before hand, then the stupid thing decided to fry from the other end! dam cars some times!
If I seen this 5 weeks ago I would of been right. Mine was this problem. I'n not all up there with mechanical stuff. My battery light had been on and off for a few months and then I noticed my sound system cutting out in portions and within half hour my car stopped. My VS has 189xxx kms on the clock and I just thought my alternator had just packed it in. Went and got a second hand one and off I went. Within a few days same problem again. I left it and thought maybe I had bad luck with the alternator I got and borrowed one off a friend and then same issue again. First thing to think is obviously the wire coming from the alternator. Mine was black and stuffed and pretty much snapped off with barely any force. $3 for cable lugs to fix. Good to see its a common problem and people are made aware of it cause I would be absolutely pissed off if I forked out $200+ for a brand new alternator.
hey ive just brought a second hand 1995 vr commodore v6 , converted to a manual.. i went to start it this mornin n it wouldnt start , i put the battery on charge till it hit full put it back in but it didnt turn over . only the oil,park,and battery light came up on the dash . i checked all the fuses replaced a few of them even replaced the battery but it wont turn over , any tips on how to get it runnin
hey ive just brought a second hand 1995 vr commodore converted to a manual. i went to start it this mornin but it didnt kick over . i checked the fuses . replaced the battery n it still wont start . any tips on how to get it goin
Thanks mate! i will check this because its done it 3 times and i replaced the battery and its been great since ! ( replaced it the day after it wouldnt start a 3 weeks ago )
had similar prob with brand new battery going dead within a week,but no flames or nuthin.was just the voltage regulator wiggin out, for most of the time the alternator was throwing out 0 volts then every 10 secs or so would go up to 500 volts..didnt wreck anything except the alternator..lucky
had that too bud,was the starter..check that
Wow, thanks for posting this...Ive brought a VS with 384k on the clock and it looks like they have fixed all of the electric wireing in it...It has thick Top Gun ignition cords and sparkplug leads in it and the wires around the altanator look no more than 12 months old (If that) So i guess the previous owner got onto that before it became any sort of issue.
Thanks for making us aware of that!.
Mine too was coming loose. I'm converting to manual at the moment. I had only tightened it a couple of years ago when I change engines.
I have a simple fix. 1 option is to use some loctite/ thread locker and do it up good. Other is add a spring washer to the connection. The "star" type.
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