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98 ford windstar has battery light on put new battery in and its still on. I put volt meter on battery while car is running and its reading 16 volts

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The problem is the voltage regulator is bad. However the regulator is almost as expensive as a rebuilt alternator so unless the alternator as been replaced recently I would suggest to go with the rebuilt alternator.

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I bought a new battery because my battery light was on it still wont go off so i got a used alternator and i still have the same problem and my new battery keeps draining and rite before all this started...


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