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As a Range Rover owner with years of experience diagnosing and fixing problems, I know how frustrating it can be to see the infamous Range Rover ‘Charging System Fault’ warning on your dashboard. Trust me – I’ve been there.
A Range Rover charging system fault often relates to the alternator or battery. Symptoms include dimmed lights, power loss, or warning messages. Check battery health, alternator operation, and wiring. A professional mechanic should address persistent issues for proper diagnosis and repair.
In this article, I will guide you through everything you need to know about this charging fault.
What models are affected?
- Land Rover Defender
- Range Rover Discovery
- Range Rover Evoque
- Range Rover Sport
- Range Rover Velar
- Range Rover Vogue
Signs and symptoms
The Range Rover Charging System Fault warning is the most obvious sign of a problem with your vehicle’s charging system.
When this warning appears, your battery is not charging properly and may need replacing.
Additionally, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:
- The battery warning light is on
- The engine stalls or won’t start
- The headlights are dim or flicker
- The vehicle’s electrical system is not working properly
List of possible OBD codes
If you have a scan tool, you can connect it to your vehicle’s OBD-II port to check for any relevant codes.
Some of the most common OBD codes related to Range Rover charging system faults include:
- P0562 – System Voltage Low
- P0563 – System Voltage High
- P0620 – Generator Control Circuit Malfunction
- P0622 – Generator Field Control Circuit Malfunction
Several factors could lead to charging system faults in Range Rovers. Here are some common causes to look for:
- Bad Battery: A bad battery is the first and most common cause of charging system faults. Over time, batteries lose their ability to hold a charge and may need to be replaced.
- Faulty Alternator: Your vehicle’s alternator charges the battery as you drive. If it is not working correctly, your battery will not charge.
- Drive Belt Issues: If the drive belt that connects the alternator to the engine is misaligned or worn out, the alternator won’t work correctly.
- Corroded Wires or Connections: Corrosion can build up on your vehicle’s wires and connections, preventing the charging system from working correctly.
- Faulty Voltage Regulator: The voltage regulator controls the amount of voltage your alternator produces. If it fails, your battery won’t get charged correctly.
Can it be fixed without a mechanic?
If you have experience working on vehicles, it is possible to fix a charging system fault without hiring a mechanic.
However, if you’re unsure of what you’re doing, it’s best to leave the repairs to a professional.
Attempting to fix charging system faults without proper experience can lead to damage or injury.
Parts you’ll need to fix it
If you plan to fix the charging system fault yourself, you may need to buy several parts. Here’s a list of the primary components you may need to replace:
- Voltage Regulator
- Drive Belt
Tools you’ll need to fix it
You’ll also need several tools to fix the charging system fault. Here’s a list of some of the essential tools you should have on hand:
- Socket Wrench Set
- Battery Charger
- Jack Stands
How to fix it
If you’re confident in your abilities to fix the charging system fault and have all the necessary parts and tools.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to guide you through the process:
- Open the hood and disconnect the battery.
- Locate the alternator and remove the drive belt.
- Disconnect the wiring from the alternator and remove any bolts holding it in place.
- Install the new alternator and secure it with the bolts.
- Install the new drive belt and tighten it to the appropriate tension.
- Reconnect the wiring to the alternator.
- Reconnect the battery.
- Start the vehicle and check for proper charging.
Potential alternative causes
If you’ve tried the above steps and still have charging system faults, there are a few alternatives causes you should be aware of:
- Bad Ground: Bad ground can prevent the charging system from working optimally.
- ECU Issues: Issues with your vehicle’s Engine Control Unit can cause charging system faults.
- Electrical System Issues: Problems with other electrical systems in your vehicle can affect the charging system’s operation.
How much does it cost to fix a Range Rover charging system fault?
The cost of fixing a Range Rover charging system will depend on the parts and tools you need, as well as the labor rates in your area.
Can a bad battery cause a charging system fault?
Yes. In most cases, a bad battery is the primary cause of charging system faults.
How long does it take to replace an alternator on a Range Rover?
Replacing an alternator typically takes anywhere from two to four hours, depending on your level of experience and the difficulty of the job.
Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023