Hi there - can anyone help on this - I have a 2001 BMW 318I which after
is fine when running from cold but after a while the battery
light comes on and
the car temporarily loses power and jerks back
before recovering. It may then
not do it again for some time but the
problem always reoccurs at some point. I
have taken the car to several
different garages who can find no fault - the
problem is now driving me
to distraction - any advice would be most gratefully
Julie L :confused:
It sounds like something is wrong with the alternator. If the jerking
occurs *before* the light comes on, something is jamming - usually
the A/C compressor - and causing the accessory belt to stop. A
close inspection of the belt should tell you if this is the case since
it will have scorch/slip marks.
If not that, I would have someone take a close look at the alternator.
However, they don't often go out... Might be the master relay, too.
I disagree. If the alternator were the problem there would be no
instantaneous effect to the engine running. My guess would be a bad
ground connection somewhere, like the ground strap that runs from the
engine to the chassis? That might explain both symptoms...
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