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Mazda retractor motors in an S4 Elan

PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Tue May 04, 2021 7:44 pm

I am puzzled by the size of the plug between the retractor motor and the loom.

Mazda protect this motor with 30 amp fuse, but the size of the plug terminals and wire used do not look capable of supplying 30 amps.

Does anyone know how much power these motors consume?

I only ask because the plugs need replacing, and a plug rated at 30 amps is much bigger than the plug used by Mazda which I cannot locate as a spare part.

Alternatively does anyone know what the original Mazda plug is?

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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Wed May 05, 2021 10:31 am

By the look of the motor wires they are 16A rated and I think the motor will take about 5-10 amps, similar to a wiper motor. Mine came with bare wires so I have used crimp on blade connectors.
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PostPost by: snowyelan » Wed May 05, 2021 1:35 pm

30A fuse per motor or pair?
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Wed May 05, 2021 5:36 pm

Scott,

I am not sure about that, I think it is one 30 amp fuse for the pair. If I remember correctly from the Mazda circuit diagram. Thanks for the question, I will have to find that diagram and check, and of course that will have a significant effect on the current, plug and wire size.

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PostPost by: mbell » Wed May 05, 2021 5:44 pm

I've added a single motor to my car. Not sure what fuse size I used but would assume its 10 or 15A. I haven't had any issues with it blowing but use the headlights a lot less frequently than the car. Which isn't that frequent....
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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Thu May 06, 2021 10:24 am

I’m the same as mbell above, one motor for both headlamps, not used much, 15A fuse.
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Thu May 06, 2021 6:59 pm

Gentlemen,

Thanks for your help.

Scott,

I found the Mazda wiring diagram and one 30amp fuse is used to supply two retractor motors. I feel rather embarrassed that I didn’t think of that myself!

One of my friends has a plus 2 with an ammeter and a Mazda retractor, he measured the current today at approximately 3 amps.

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