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Where is the voltage regulator located on 92 chevy lumina euro

My alternator is fairly new but the car wont start without a jump

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  • mnimtz Apr 03, 2009

    Once in awhile the car won’t start. I have to get a jump for it and it will run fine for several weeks. It’s been to two garages and hooked up to GM software they can’t find a problem. Everything on the car is either new or in good condition. Now it’s staring to happen everyday. What’s the problem with my little car?

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The voltage regulator is built into the altenator if the vehicle runs fine after jumping it it may be the battery or a bad connection at battery there may also be a draw on the battery

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