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Altnater is good starter is good have to start car

Altnater is good starter is good i have to start car by jump starting and touching wire to starter. old owner said key tumbler went bad i think it is alarm related but why is alt not sending batt enough amps to recharge it the alt is workin fine. I ran new ground but still low reading on the battery side HELP

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Replace power wire from batt to starter

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