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No power from alternator

No power to battery from alternator

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  • james graham Nov 08, 2012

    r.a.c breakdown man tested the batt which was ok,but said there was now power output from back of the alternator in order to charge the battery ,i did notice a stray black cable and clamp coming from right hand side of engine block , i would hazzard a guess that it needs to be put back where it belongs but where i do not know as i am very much a novice at mechanics lol

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Is there power on the alternator end? if so then the wire might have bad insulation. it could be grounding out on the frame somewhere before it eaches the battery.

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