I Need a Good Mechanic in Algave

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  1. keith bartlett

    keith bartlett Read Only Funster

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    :shout:Hi Chaps... HELP...Can anyone recommend a decent garage here int he Algarve. Lagos region who are capable of whipping out, repairing and or replacing my alternator before it cooks another three leisure batteries. Fiat Ducato chassis.

    Obrigardo
     
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    Garage

    I brought a Portugal News back with me a couple of weeks ago and there is an advert for car repair. The telephone is 282 799 263 mobile 918 526 950. Tyres R Us, Lagos. It might be worth a try.
     
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    Its not really in the Lagos region but I have heard several people speak well of a guy near Pingo Doce in Tavira.

    Doug...
     
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    Crikey, can't get better than that:thumb:
     
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    How sure are you that it is the alternator ?

    Home come the starter battery survived ?

    You must me doing massive mileages to cook 3 leisure batteries I'd have thought.
     
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    Hi Brian,
    I'm not sure if the alternator is over charging now.
    Good question ref starter battery!!!:thumb: I traveled approx 11,000 miles on my first 3mth. trip. Batteries were topped up before leaving

    I was told on good authority a voltage of 13.8v should be the max charging input rate for a battery. The Burstner operating manual also stipulates this as being the correct charging voltage. Then goes on to say.. a Voltage of 14.6volts ...
    Quote... "Battery is being over charged: Alternator controller defective"

    The manufacturers of my new batteries suggest a charge voltage of 13.5 volts !!!

    I have since spoken to a technical department at a commercial fiat dealership, who tell me anything up 14.8v is acceptable. A UK based Burstner service company also suggested 14.7v was acceptable and that ....there is no additional regulation between the alternator and leisure batteries on my van.

    At 2,000 rpm my alternator is generating 14.6volt I suspect it always has done so,

    I would be interested to know if anyone has checked the charging voltage on their Fiat based MH.

    Boa Tarde
     
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    sounds to me like you actually need an auto-electrician
    been a few years but the one opposite the old co-op shop in the street beside the market in Faro was very good ,street heads towards the football ground

    btw , as it is now dark , hence no charge from solar panels , have fired up my fiat based hymer and it reads

    13.5 volts to engine battery
    13.4 volts to twin leisure batteries

    of course when the solar is up and running that can go up to 15 volts , but the amperage is low of course

    and bear in mind my batteries are fairly full after a bright sunny day
     
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