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1999 dakota not charging

My 1999 dakota has stopped charging. I thought it was the alternator but has since placed a new one on the truck. I have checked all the grounds and all seem ok

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  • j_lentz Apr 30, 2009

    Exact same problem with my 98 Dakota 5.2 4x4

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Check the Voltage Regulator, and how old is the battery, Check the cells in the battery. If battery is 3 years or older replace.

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