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2 New batteries installed fully charged & new alternator , alternator is not charging batteries , is there a regulator mounted elsewhere ? if so where is it. alternator gets hot to the touch in only a few minutes tester reads , its not working , the power is going some where but not to the batteries

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  • brianmmohr Sep 28, 2009

    if it is a ground cable what is being grounded the the batteries ? the alternator ? the engine ? it is diesel,
    and where would i locate this cable ,, from where to where ?

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If this is a diesel, then it may be worth a look at my post at the following link, as a possible solution.

http://www.fixya.com/cars/t2344181-nissan_terrano_1996_td27_charging_issue

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Sounds like a bad ground cable.

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