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Alternator output on the 6s?

Anyone know what the alternator is rated for on the 6s (North America)?
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What I can remember, it is 90A for the 6i and 110A for the 6s.
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I double checked... It's 100 amps for the 6i, and 120 amps for the 6s.
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Thanks for this info
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You sure? Because I have been looking into a higher output alternator option to well power my high input audio system I am planning. Since the V6 was a partial parts bin engine, I assumed the alternator may have been carried over from the current generation/final generation Taurus 3.0L, so I looked up belt routing on Mitchell On Demand and the S engine code 3.0L has the EXACT SAME belt routing! Minus the water pump, which I believe was moved over to the other side of the motor. Yet the A/C compressor, alternator, belt tensioner and crankshaft pulley are all in the SAME spots on the M6 3.0L as they are on the S-engine code 3.0L Taurus.

And to make a long story short, our parts catalog at work says the 2000 S-engine code Taurus has a 130 amp alternator.

So if someone is truely desperate from 10 more amps, I find it highly logical that the alternator was indeed carried over from the Taurus. Also use this info to your advantage in finding higher-output alternators, as I know dealing with alot of aftermarket producers generate the automated "We don't have anything for that vehicle" response when they hear "2003" and "Mazda 6" in the same sentence.

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Current
Verify that the battery is fully charged.
Charge if necessary.

Disconnect the negative battery cable.

Connect an ammeter, capable of reading 120 A or above , between generator terminal B and the wiring harness.

Connect the negative battery cable.

Turn off all electrical loads.

Start the engine and increase the engine speed to 2,0002,500 rpm .

Turn the following electrical loads on and verify that the current reading increases.

Headlights


Blower motor


Rear window defroster

If generator terminal B current does not increase, repair or replace the generator if necessary.
NOTE:

Current required for generating power varies with electrical loads applied.


Standard current (Reference)
Measuring conditions:
Room temperature: 20 C {68 F}
Voltage: 13.5 V
Engine hot
Engine speed (rpm) Terminal B current (A)*
L3 AJ
1,000 0*80 0*90
2,000 0*100 0*105


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Lower limit of current must be more than 0 A.

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Better yet.... Look at the main fuse rating at the fusebox. Easiest way to tell what amperage an alternator is putting out.
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so what is the final answer?
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