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I just replaced the battery and the alternator on my 99 ford windstar with new ones. I drove it for 2 miles and the battery light came on indicating that the battery is not charging. It has the 3.8 V6, any suggesions?

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Your alternator is not putting out any power. To check the alternator, when the motor is running, check the voltage at the battery. If the voltage is not between 13.8 and 14.2 volts, the alternator is malfunctioning. Chances are that the alternator killed your last battery. Make sure that the belt is at the proper tension so that the alternator is producing the voltage neccessary to charge the battery.

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