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Car cutting off ,battery or the alternator

Battery died overnight jump the vehicle it started .the battery keeps dying.stopped AT A light the car stalled and wont stay idling .i changed the battery same problem.autozone checked the alternator it is good .what else could be the problem

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the altiniator can bee goood but the voltige regulator is bad

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