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HI I have a 72 nova and the battery will not charge.have new starter&alt&voltage regulator and battery will not charge.what could that be take battery cable off and eng cuts off and take off alt plug loose stays runing can you help me please.

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The alternator isnt working you will need to double check the connections and any fuses if it has it

Posted on Dec 29, 2008

  • Walter Morris Jan 16, 2010

    There is a possibility you might have gotten a bad alternator as much quality control as factories have they still aint perfect



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