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2001 chevy malibu wont charge my battery. I put a new alternator in and new battery lights on dash come on but the tachometer and speedometer along with fuel and temp gauge drop to nothing and the car seems to go into limp mode what's the deal

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Check the battery charging state yourself with a multimeter. Using the voltage setting, check across the battery terminals. WIth vehicle running the charge voltage should be around 14 volts. With ignition off the battery should retain around 12.6 volts or over.

If these are the figures you are getting close to then you have no charging issue or battery issue. You need to then check the on-board computers. You will need to run an OBD2 scanner and pull up any fault codes.

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Check the fuse for the gauges, either around the dash, or under the hood.

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Have you check the fuse to see if the fuse for the gauges are bad, also there is a fuse box under the hood that may contain additional fuses if one is not located in the fuse compartment under the dash.

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