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My 1989 Mazda 626 will not charge the battery. I've replaced the Battery 3 times and the altenator 3 times in as many days. Also, "Charge" and the" Rear" light come on and go off when the steering wheel is turned very fast. I've checked all the wiring to the rack and pinion and the Charging system wiring harness but can' seem to locate the problem. Can you help?

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SOURCE: voltage regulator

Voltage regulator is built-in to the alternator assembly.

Have you tried replacing the battery?
A battery with a shorted cell will not charge properly and may even damage an alternator or regulator.

Note1: use a digital voltmeter (about $25 at Lowe's or Radio Shack) and check voltage across batt terminals while engine running. If more than 12.6 Volts DC and more typically about 13 Volts, then the alternator is working.

Note2: from Jan 98 to May 98 shows a different part # alternator than June - Dec 98
check the manufacture date on your driver door edge.

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Distributor fault, the coil goes down in tyhem and sometimes pops the ECU.

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SOURCE: 1999 Mazda 626 no rear lights!

fuse or wire harness, checked the voltage present in the fittings? Switch on before checking.
you get 12 volts more or less?

Posted on Apr 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Charge light, abs light, and rear light. Mazda 626 1993 2.5L

It can be as simple as the funny belt tensioner on the alternator!

I hope you got a simple volt meter to check the voltage.


12.8-13.6V is a health battery.

Get someone to help you to put tension on alt. belt.

If it does not look good then change it.

Double check all belts.

The should not give over 1/2" I like to keep them 1/3" of less.

Tighten all connections.

Pull spark plug cap one at at time to check for corrosion.

The coil can cause a lot of problem.

Spend time to grounding and secure all coil boot.


Good luck

Posted on Jul 15, 2009

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SOURCE: rack & pinion replacement

there many web sites that offer tech suppurt, even Chrysler, just start looking, also Napa Auto Parts. Auto Zone. This is to hard to explain on a site like this. GOOD LUCK RDJRP

Posted on Aug 07, 2009

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