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Well drove very carefully to the garage with the red alternator light on, thinking about the damage it could do. However after 10miles and with only 2 miles to go, out goes the light and everything is normal. Get there' me thinking OK , when its cold and they try it ,it will happen again.....But they fetched in the tester bloke who moon lights at lunch time for a small fee from another well known electrical auto estb,,,,,,and nothing it was tested for an hour on and off, they drained the battery so it had to recharge and everything was normal with all the correct readings, great, however this is still a worry because it may start again, they had no real explanation other than damp,cold road salt who knows....anyway gave it a real hammering home ,the long way loads of stop start ,been out and tried again and again and so far nothing..They did tell me in the book its nearly 3 hours to take the alternator out have to take the radiator out and other stuff...so what now..well wait and see......adrian
 

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3 hours.... who they kidding :(

plastic cover off, move the A/C compressor if fitted... belts off, drop the alternator..


The charge light comes on for a few reasons..

1. Terminal S circuit open.
2. No voltage output.
3. Field coil circuit open.
4. Terminal B circuit open.
5. Voltage output too high. (over 16.2V)

As the charge light came on previously, I am suspect of the alternator, as nothing else is connected to that warning light.... I would replace it just for peace of mind..


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John it is actually quicker to remove the rediator and then take the altenator off than follow u'r route believe me i have done that a couple of times m8 but still 3 hours is a lot.

last time I removed the alt it took me like 40 minutes max

cheers
will
PS drinking again hope u blokes don't mind
 

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Well John was right ...again.... It started ot glow red again,thinking about the damage it could do... so i went back to the small local garage. They quoted £320 to remove have the altenator sent off and repaired...taking 4/5days.....No good as i have to make a round trip to Cambridge on tues/ wed. So i contacted our New Mazda Service garage which is infact a diahatsu dealer ....They have replaced the alternator with a new mazda replacement for £360...more than i wanted to pay but i had no choice...however there was no fuss and it was completed quickly...I'm happy, sometimes it pays not to go to a non specialist......Adrian
 

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Oh well, very glad it's "finally" sorted out...

but on a downside, my reconditioned Alternator was £80, and took me about 30 minutes to fit it..

I expected the dealers to be expensive, but that local garage was just extracting the urine..


John
 
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