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Battery was dead after truck set for about 2 wks. Charge it up had it checked was ok it's only 3 months old. Put back in truck and hooked up. Alternator started smoking disconnected it. Took alternator out, plug melted in alternator. Melted on outside of plug. Alternator tested ok, it's not very old either. Never had a problem with any electrical on truck before???? Any helps apprecated. THX

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Check the main ground cable

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