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Charging light on and motor dies

I changed the clutch on my o3 ranger 2.3
after I finished the battery began to drain.
I can jump it and it starts and runs , then dies.
I checked the harness connected to the gear box
and it appears ok. battery is good . also the tach
flutters at idle. could this symptom be a ground short?

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You have checked the alternator and the connections to it?

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