The alternator of my mazda etude (1999) generates excessive heat to the extent that it burnt the belts. I suspect the regulator may be worn out but I'm not sure whether this car has a regulator and if so where its located?
1st off you would give everything a good visual examination. Look for
loose alternator belt. Also look for wires that could have
become disconnected or cut that leads to the alternator.
Then you would hook up a volt meter to the battery cables and check the
voltage. After this you would start the engine and recheck the voltage.
The voltage on a charged battery should read around 12.5 volts. While
the engine is running turn on a few accesories and speed up the idle a
little the voltage should read around 14.5 volts.
If the voltage does not increase suspect either a faulty alternator or regulator.
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If it stopped on it's own, the alternator is bad. Replace the alternator, jump start the car and hopefully the battery will heal itself. And you don't have to apologize for being a girl--there are plently of guys asking dumber questions than this!!
What they mean is there is no obvious problems. What else runs off that belt? Check for misalignment there. What makes it break? Does it happen after a long trip ( 2 hrs. highway driving) or at timed intervals ( every month, 6wks)?
Carefully check all the pulley's for sharp edges or bump outs into the belt. If you find anything use a small file and smooth them out. They can cut or pinch your belt and weaken it so it breaks over time.
Check the pulley alignment with the engine running where you can see all the pulleys and belts at the same time. This might mean crawling under the car. Vary the engine speed while you watch and take it up to cruising speed. You are looking for something to change, i.e a pulley to start wobbling. It could be a mounting bracket that bends at higher revs that needs to be replaced or strengthened.
Hope this helps.
I have a problem with the mazda etude 160ise, the crank shaft sensor was damages and replaced it ad now the car cant tart. Note that the timing was afected in that the two sealings were replaced. Could one please provide information as to how I can get in timing and get it going again.
the problem is not the altenator. you should have a idler pully and a self adjusting idler tensioner. if thes e go bad the bearings tend to seize up and break belts i would check these first chance you get the tensioner should be spring like and be hard to move back and forth the pulley part of it should spin freely with out makeing a noise. please rate this