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ask a local mechanic to come and have a listen for a proper diagnostic ,its too difficult to know without hearing the sound ,unless you can record it on your phone then transfer it to computer and upload it as a video link
If the altenator is new, then it is very possible that the bad altenator may have fried the battery.
I would have y our battery tested. If you have a voltmeter, you can test altenator and battery. Part stores usually do it free.
Reliants run very hot normally, but you are definitely having a cooling problem. More than likely your thermostat is stuck in the open position. The reliant comes with a 220 degree thermostat, and what that means is that it doesn't kick in until 220 degrees before your fan goes on to cool down the radiator. It is much better to switch to a 180 degree thermostat, which will kick in sooner to cool everything down. Your Reliant also came with a single core radiator, which is also part of the cooling problem on these cars. It is a far better idea to switch to a dual core radiator. Between the 180 thermostat and the dual core radiator, your cooling problems will be a thing of the past.