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I replace,thermostat housing & thermostat,alternator and . 1998 ford explorer Now the car starts but it dies after about 2 minutes and the battery is not getting charged. why. could it be the belt

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Its your serpentine belt still on, you should check it, the old school way to check if the alternator is giving out the proper power with a multimeter at the big cable from the back of the alternator the power coming out should be 14v+ ,If no multimeter start the car and take the battery cables off just one probably the red one, anywho the car should run with no battery and the alternator should provide enough.

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    Its your serpentine belt still on, you should check it, the old school way to check if the alternator is giving out the proper power with a multimeter at the big cable from the back of the alternator the power coming out should be 14v+ ,If no multimeter start the car and take the battery cables off just one probably the red one, anywho the car should run with no battery and the alternator should provide enough.

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Read more: How to Change the Thermostat in a Ford Explorer ' eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4484916_change-thermostat-ford-explorer.html#ixzz1CLSvmPwR

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