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96 jeep cherokee not charging

I have already had altinator checked and it was working. I was told voltage regulator was located in computer and that it may need to be replace. This started aprox a month ago and would charge some times and then when vehicle was statred agian it would not charge. I was also told that I would have to have as dealer change the computer because of some codes that would have to be used. I wanted to buy used one and do it myself or have a buddy of mine sho has a small shop replace it, but if there is codes involed I gues I wil have to have dealer do this?

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If you have a black key you can just change it with a used one.. the vin in the computer will be wrong but it will run.. if you have a gray skim key then you will need to go to the dealer to have them wright the skim key and vin information in the new controller...

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