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Elec problem between alternator and battery

I have a 97 dodge caravan and the battery light came on had the alt checked and replaced the alt it will not charge the battery and the battery light remains on. The terminal on the old alt broke off and I had to replace the eyelet on the wire to connect to the new alt the van will run but the new and rechecked alt is not rechargeing the battery. My wife and I have josseled wires and checked fuses the battery light went off the alt is still running on high voltage at 14 volts or higher instead of 13.5 which is normal if it keeps running on high it will blow the new alt. Others have suggested the voltage regulator which in the computer $$$$ or bad wire or fuse?

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The Problem was that the plug-in that goes into the altenator was not getting a good conection. Drove the van after that I had it fixed and the battery light came back on and I checked the altenator and the plug-in had fallen completly off. Plugged it back in and made sure that it snapped in completly and now it is fine.

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Rest at ease the 14 volts will not hurt your system idealy your alt will charge at around 14 to 14,5 volts at the alternator and probably have a slightly lower charge rate at your battery at around 14 to 13.5 at the battery this is completely normal

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