Was it a big diode or a little one? The big diodes are arranged as a 3 phase full wave bridge configuration. They usually have some heat sink fins on them. They dont look like a classic diode. More of a power rectifier assembly. They are impossible to check individually without disconnecting the stator wires. If one diode in the assembly is bad, it cannot usually be replaced as a single diode.
There is also several small diodes which provide power to the voltage regulator.
So which diode (assembly) was it?
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