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I bought a new alternater and also a new battery my car still wont charge the battery. What else could it be?

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There should be a heavy wire going from the alternator output to the terminal on the starter solenoid that has the positive battery cable also. This wire contains a 'fuse link' which will burn out if the alternator has a shorted diode. It should be hanging out of the wiring harness that the wire runs in. Replace it with the same component as original.

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