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Car not catching when tuening over

I'm getting lost of power from my starter and altanator, but the car is just not catching, I've ran my battery dead twice now trying to start her,, she sounds fine, but she's just not catching

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to varify this just take the small wire off the altanator (NOT THE BIG THICK OUT PUT WIRE!)

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just make shure that the altanator is not rubber mounted if it is (rare) it will have its own earth to the caseing may have snaped will cause same effect but you would see it any way if it was!

Replace altanater if that all checks out. NO USE GUESSING MAKE SHURE WITH SIMPLE TEST LIKE THIS ONE!

Have a good one...................Bruce

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