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Why would my sonata be smoking from the altenater I just replaced the starter and my conection seem right it does start right up but after running for a sec. or two it starts to smoke and smells like wires are burning and it looks like it is comming from the altinater. any tips

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The alternators intenal windings in the stator are shorting out. You can have it rebuilt although replacing it with a rebuilt is very much easier to do

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