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Replaced the battery all instruments work but the van wont crank

Replaced the battery now the battery light is on and it wont crank but all the lights and instruments work, dome lights, radio ,sliding door and head lamps

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Sounds like the alternator / it will keep draining the battery have it check at any auto parts store

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