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My 1995 Mazda 626 alternator keeps going bad. i have changed it 3 times now and after about a week or so of driving the batter light comes back on. What is causing my alternator to keep breaking?

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The solution I usually recommend is to try a 'lifetime' warranteed alternator from a major automotive retail outlet. Higher quality parts are put into such a unit vs. the 1 year warranteed alternators.

This is just a general rule I go by.

If you already have a lifetime warranteed alternator, I would try a different brand or company.

Where did you buy this alternator? And how much was the unit?

Generally, I would look to spend over $100 for a good alternator with higher quality parts in it.

If the problem persists, one might want to go to an alternator/starter shop or auto electric specialty shop to determine what is causing the alternator to go bad so often.

However, I suspect that it's just bad parts from the get go.

Posted on Oct 02, 2010

  • dfarnworth21 Oct 02, 2010

    A family friend who is a mechanic fixed it for me. i believe i spent around 200 total for the fix, and the alternator is a lifetime warranty. i just dont know why the same product would go bad 3 times in a row! its nuts

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    Duane Wong Oct 02, 2010

    I agree, it is unusual for alternators to go bad in sequence especially when it is lifetime warranted.

    The next stop is the auto electric shop to see if there is another problem causing the alternators to go bad.

    Perhaps, a specialty shop that deals with alternators/starters exclusively can help you out.



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