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Alternator not charging batt.

We checked the alter. the batt. and the voltage regulator we then replaced the batt after everything checked out ok, so why is the alternator still not charging the batt?

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    same problem here

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If everything looks good replace the alt or if possible just the regulator. I would take it to your local parts store and have them test it first.

You can also check with a volt meter if you have one. With the engine running the voltage at the battery should be higher than 14v.

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Voltage regulator


Voltage regulator is built-in to the alternator assembly.

Have you tried replacing the battery?
A battery with a shorted cell will not charge properly and may even damage an alternator or regulator.

Note1: use a digital voltmeter (about $25 at Lowe's or Radio Shack) and check voltage across batt terminals while engine running. If more than 12.6 Volts DC and more typically about 13 Volts, then the alternator is working.

Note2: from Jan 98 to May 98 shows a different part # alternator than June - Dec 98
check the manufacture date on your driver door edge.

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