Battery warning light. Also driver's electric window dead

2008 Vauxhall Vivaro Problem

The Problem

Avatar mega-waster
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Whilst driving along I noticed the battery warning light is on along with the stop light. Van seems fine. Starts fine. Goes fine. However, noticed the driver side electric window has stopped working. Guessing the window and the warning lights are some how related. Any advice is appreciated. It's only been 48 hours since the lights came on. Wondering how likely it is I'll find the battery dead one morning?


Car Vauxhall Vivaro
Variant 08 2.0 Diesel
Model Year 2008
Category Electrics, ECU, Warnings & Lights
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Solution

Avatar 1/4drive
Joined: 8 years ago | Fixes: 1,862 | Profile

Warning light means it's not charging correctly so it will get worse.
BUT French vehicles are notorious for wiring faults so don't go buying parts without investigating first.
There's a number of faults associated with these and the wiring harness where it exits the fuse box and runs down across the gearbox/engine.
Plus the fuse box is prone to water getting in.
First test is with a multi meter on the battery when running to see just what the voltage really is.

Question

Avatar mega-waster
Joined: 3 years ago | Fixes: 1 | Profile

Thought I'd update this. Rightly or wrongly I tried charging the battery, tried a new battery then took it to a garage and they fitted a new alternator. Expensive but it has fixed the problem and the window came back to life too. However, from time to time the dash lights flicker and the trip meter resets so, I'm guessing there is still a fault there and the money I spent might have been unnecessary.
It was xmas time and I really needed the van back on the road at the time.

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