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Re: 2003 Mazda Protege Alternator Belt
There should a picture of a drive belt under you hood telling you how to in stall it and if there is an auto zone near you they can print you out a picture and if you call a dealer they will help you too with a print out.
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ok for the belt, it may be weather beaten or small cracks in it. and as for the alternator if its bad just get another one, and have a friend or a independent garage do the job. 900.00 dollars is way to high! thats a ripoff. call around and im sure you can have both of these things done fairly cheap! as for the alternator, if there is a rebuild place that rebuilds starters and alternators. this would be your best bet. i have had a alt. rebuilt and i only paid about 80.00. they are like new when they rebuild them. good-day !
There are 2 belts. One goes around the Crankshaft. the Power Steering Pump and the Air Conditioner Compressor (if equipped) and the other belt goes around the Crankshaft, The Alternator and the Water Pump. You can have your local parts supplier verify that you have the correct belt for the vehicle by calling them and giving them the number on the belt. Also make sure that you are installing the belt in the correct position. i.e. putting the alternator belt on the alternator and not on the power steering, etc.
is your belt slipping? You may have a bad tensioner pulley. Check all pulleys make sure they will spin and not lock up, if they feel really tight or after rotating them around several times they get tight replace
A 626 has two belts. One drives the power steering and water pump (rear belt in 6 cyl) and other front belt drives the a/c and alternator. On the 4 cyl, the front belt drives the power steering and the a/c, and the rear belt drives the water pump and the alternator. All of these are easy to change.
Hi there...my name is Keith..and yes..you will have to take the surpentine belt off..and it no fun..but thats just what you will have to do..im sorry..and it will take some fussin and cussin ..or take it to a shop..im sorry i dont have a better outlook..and if you need further assistance..write me back