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1992 Saturn alternator doesnt seem to be charging.

I just put in a new alternator and the battery is fully charged. However the alternator doesnt seem to be charging. The car will run for a few seconds then the switch to D2 light will come on, everything will go dim and then shuts off. What could be the problem?

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    how do you know if your altinator is bad

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Sounds like you got a deffective alternator. I would take it back and have them check it. It should put out between 14 and 15 volts, and if (and i'm saying if) that car is equipped with an external voltage regulator have that checked.

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