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Alternater not giving enough power

I have 1979 dodge powerwagon truck and when i am driving at night my lights are very dim unless i get my engine going faster then they are fine.

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By the sounds of it your alternater is telling you that it is almost at the end of it's life, at idle you should be nice and bright, the alternater should be putting out 14.5 volts all the time.

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Check wiring on alternator and battery. Also be sure that there are plenty of ground straps. there should be one from battery to body and body to motor. Without enough ground this could also cause your problem.

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