2005 Vauxhall Meriva alternator failure at 62,000 miles

Car: Vauxhall Meriva
Year: 2005
Variant: 1.7cdti
Categories: Leaks & Noises

I had the classic burning/ humming alternator sound called the AA out and they diagnosed an alternator failure.

I have had a number of faults with this car over the years.

Is 62,000ish miles a bit too early for alternator failure?

Is there anything that can contribute to or cause premature alternator failure?


Posted: Feb 28, 2012 (12 years ago)
An alternator can go at any mileage, If you overtightened the belt on older cars it used to put stress on the alternator bearings but most have there own tensioning system now.
Posted Feb 28, 2012 (12 years ago)
Tez 66,

Thank you for your reply.

After the local garage deciding the alternator and battery are fine they got a Vauxhall tech with diagnostic kit into to test car.
Now they have decided it is the alternator and fingers crossed I should see my car again on Monday afternoon.

Posted Mar 3, 2012 (12 years ago)

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