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The battery and alternator may have been ok.
You have a fuse or fuseable link between the alternator and battery to protect it. If you have battery voltage at the battery post and not at the alternator post, there is a break in that circuit.
If the battery cable goes to the starter, the alternator wire may go from there and that could be where the fuseable link is.
Fuseable links are special thin wires that act like fuses.

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    dhcguitars Jan 13, 2013

    I had starter, battery & alternator all tested before replacing them they were all shot. Went out last night & checked @ starter. The small purple hot wire coming off top (hot) post on solenoid may be my problem. The eyelet broke when I touched it, and the fusible link may be fried too. Going to replace that on Monday & hope it works.

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    dhcguitars Jan 14, 2013

    Omg..... help! Pulled new alternator, had it tested: OK. Wire eyelet on top post of starter was cracked & broke when I wiggled it. Replaced that wire & checked old fusible link. It was ok & new wire didn't help. Battery light still on, still no voltage from hot post on alternator (big red wire). What next?

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    Stephen Jan 15, 2013

    Somewhere between the alternator and the battery or starter that large red wire has a break in it. My wiring diagram does not say where it goes, but on trucks there is a junction box where several hot lines join. It should have a fuseable link at the connection with the starter or junction box. That section of fuseable link is probably open. The small gray and red wires may go to the computer. One or both of them should be hot with the key on.



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