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Help!! Suspected Alt Prob, Now Told It's Electrical...

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(have posted this twice as wasn't sure if I'd posted in correct section, please move mods if this is in wrong place)

Hiya everyone. I own a 56 plate ford KA (clocked 50,000mi).

Two days ago I was driving home when my headlights started flickering - dimming and becoming overly bright at a pretty fast speed, I then noticed my dash-lights were doing this at the same time. Before too long my ignition warning light came on. I was frightened to drive any further (a girl on dark country roads by myself) so called the Breakdown.

Breakdown came out, had a tinker and told me he was sure it was my alternator -- battery had low charge (12.6v dropping to 11.2v when headlights were turned on), I have had the battery in there for 9months only. Followed me home.

Booked in at a local garage yesterday, they called me today to say that they didn't think it was the alternator as some wires connecting to it had corroded, so the guy replaced the wires - this made no difference and he suggested I took it to an auto-electrical specialist.

Just got back from dropping it off there and it was the most scary drive ever!!! Dash was flashing even though my headlights weren't on, ABS light came on, Airbag light came on, then all of a sudden my speedo cut out and my mileage clock. Leccy-specialist chap says that's cos I was running off of pure battery and I was lucky cos it'd just got me to destination.

He's going to take a look and call me with what's wrong and a price...

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what could be wrong?? :(

I'm a skinto student and can't afford big jobs... Don't wanna get ripped off! PANIC PANIC!!!

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