Alternator not charging

Scott Owner/Technician British Columbia Posted   Latest   Edited  
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2006 Mazda 3 S 2.3L 5-spd — JM1BK143661532787

Customer supplied alternator installed but not charging. Having problems finding service data on system operation but have 2.5V square wave that slowly transitions to flat on the blue wire and no voltage on grey wire at alternator connector or PCM. When unplugged at alternator blue wire rises to 8V with no voltage on grey. Checked continuity of wires and they were good. Read some identifix articles and looks like both wires at alternator should show voltage with one wire having a square wave but would prefer actual service data or well informed advice.

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Elon Owner/Technician
North Carolina
Elon
 

At idle terminal P should be 3-8v (backprobing). Terminal D should be approx. 0v ignition on and voltage should rise at idle when loads are applied.

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Elon Owner/Technician
North Carolina
Elon
 

Also check pin retention at alt. plug. These are known for getting loose.

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Matthew Owner/Technician
Oregon
Matthew
 

I've not had any luck with aftermarket alternators in these. I'm not sure you can even get new OEM, but the dealer rebuilds are pretty good. I did have to fight when one went bad in a month.

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Randall Owner/Technician
Michigan
Randall
 

Can't help with the diag, other then to say that I hope you are getting paid well for any additional diag, beyond the r&r of the customer supplied part. If you have other work to do for other customers, this one is costing you by the minute. Just saying

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Dan Owner/Technician
Texas
Dan
 

…Letting the customer furnish the hardware is in direct violation of the policies in place at my garage… I would send him down the street … Dan H.

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Dan Owner/Technician
Texas
Dan
 

… A bench test would be in order… Dan H.

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John Instructor
Pennsylvania
John
 

A 2006 Mazda “should be” similar to Ford. (GenMon and GenCom) What codes are setting in the PCM? If I am correct about the Ford system overlap with only the main alternator output connected and the voltage regulator disconnected it should self excite over 2000rpm and start charging at a failsafe of 13.5v approx.

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Scott Owner/Technician
British Columbia
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Customer supplied warranty alternator after having me call rebuilder to confirm diagnosis. Replacement is creating a 8v square wave to the PCM plus the signal that was being generated previously. Safe to say that this system is the same as Ford.

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