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How to check if alternator is charging.

With the car running check the voltage at the battery. The voltge should be 13 volts or more. !3.5 13.6 etc. If the voltage is 12.6 or below. Then it is not charging. Over 15 volts or higher means the regulator is overvcharging!! which can damaged the battery or even explode!

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I have a thought you may try testing your battery voltage with the car turned off .It should read 12 volts or higher if not charge battery than check again if battery is lower than 12 volts after charging replace battery.If 12 volts or higher start engine check voltage on battery again it should be 13 volts to 14.5 volts not higher if voltage readings are lower than 13 volts or higher than 14.5 volts replace alternator.

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