Well, its my first big trip in my 1998 H100 and 4 days in I'm nursing a flat battery. I managed to start the van buy bridging the engine battery (showing 11.6v) with house batteries (I've conevrted it to a camper) to get it running but only really have 1 or 2 more cold starts in the house batteries and cranking is not good for those batteries.
Unfortunatly I don't have a workshop manual to refer too, but I'm reasonibly compitent with fixing old cars (this is my first "modern" car and first diesel).
Taking a peak under the "hood" I can see a couple of ancilliary belt drive devices. The upper is driven by a double belt and looks like it has a hydraulic connection on the back (power steering pump??) the other down low has the characteristic fan behind the pulley, which looks like it will need to be accessed from below.
Obviously I need to get in there and have a good look for loose connections and fixings etc, but looking online at replacement parts (after recovering from the shock of the price) the pic's I find show the hydraulic fitting on the back of the atlernator.
So, My questions are:
1, What is this thing on the back of what might be the alternator? If not the alternator is this the powersteering pump?
2, There is what looks like a small relay box in the back of the battery compartment, what does this do? Should I be checking something in there?
3, Other than checking mounting & connection to the alternator is there anything else that people would suggest before I start getting carried away with my roadside repairs?