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Will not keep batery charged,i replaced alt,batery,belts are tight but gauge on dash reads in the red

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There were a few different alternators used on those...I suggest you check the wiring to the unit and make sure you have power where it belongs. There may be a main fuse in the power distribution center near the battery...check that also.
Some have an external regulator. depending on the system, it is either a separate unit or is part of the computer. Be careful when testing that you don't arc to ground or it can cause more problems. make sure there is definite connection from the battery to the large wire on the alternator. Can't get more specific but something here should help.

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