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Won't stay running

Can jump it but it dies in minutes. windows and radio won't work

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Check the voltage while its running, should be around 14 volts, if the alternator is working right, charge the battery over night, crank it up and pull the terminals off the battery, it should stay running by itself without the battery, if the alternator is charging....sounds like a charging problem.

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