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2002 GMC Sierra High Voltage

Truck show its charging at about 18 volts. When warmed up drops down to about 16.5 volts. Changed Altenator and battery and still doing the same thing. Any idea why it wont charge at 14 volts?

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Could be just a bad gauge,thak it too auto zone and have them test it while its on the truck,if it reg the same on their tester then your got a short

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