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Its a new alternator it will charge for a couple miles and that's it

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Bad alternator if its a so called rebuilt one they are usually hit and miss i have had better luck at the junk yard lower price and the same product

Posted on Jan 18, 2013

  • jeremy chapman Jan 18, 2013

    This will be the third new one that's what got me stumped



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