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S type 3.0 2001 service done a week ago dsc fault and traction

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S type 3.0 2001 service done a week ago dsc fault and traction & airbag light shows off & on same day after the service done. Week later acid smell in the car i check the battery is very hot.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Jaguar
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I would like you to close and refund my money because I have no other question than the one already asked and I don't get answer for it.

Expert:  Mike replied 3 years ago.
Hello and Welcome -

My name is MIKE... Im happy to help you with this.

Im sorry to see you have had a wait on this particualr question -

As there has been a delay though - please just let me know if you do still need help with this - if so, we can carry on --

Kind Rgds, MIKE........................................
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

From my own knowledge I don't have any information to to give maybe you can tell me what type of information you need.

Expert:  Mike replied 3 years ago.
Hello again -

Thank you for your reply - Thats fine no problem.. I was just wondering if anything had been done / checked so far...

If not - then the issue with the symptoms you are describing - are very likely coupled with the smell you mention - and the hot battery. This is all indicative of the alternator / system over charging the battery.

The charge rate needs to be tested with a meter at the battery - it should show circa 14.6 or so.. volts. If its higher as I suspect given what you have described - ie - when tested - and the revs of the engine raised as tested - it will be seen to rise to 15 volts plus.... this indicates either the pulley on the alternator is faulty or - and more likely , the alternator itself has failed - not switching the voltage off at 14.6 as it should - hence, you get the smell - this is a boiling battery - so you get the acid burning smell ( and the hot battery ).. This in turn is pushing higher than spec voltage through the systems / computers etc -and causing your system faults as you mention.

So - this needs attention sooner rather than later - if you have to drive it to a garage - switch on all the electrics that you can as you drive - this will help to dissipate / use up the voltage so to speak ... rather than it going through the systems. Its not ideal - but it does help...and will be ok if the garage is close. Otherwise - you should have it recovered.

Some alternators can be repaired - by having a new voltage regulator fitted - ( thats whats gone - ) or, a new replacement alternator complete.

The battery should be ok after the alternator is repaired but it should be checked for level - and tested to be sure .

So thats the way forward on this one now to get this fixed / sorted out for you.

Do let me know if you need anything else at all -

Kind Rgds - MIKE.

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Rgds, MIKE.