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Gauges are not working battery keeps draining.

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With engine running you should get 13-15 volts at the battery. If it shows 12 V or lower you alternator is shot or a faulty regulator.

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DID U CHECK THE STARTER TO SEE IF IT IS GOOD!!!MAKE SURE THE WIRE IS CONNECTED REAL GOOD TO THE STARTER TOO!!! B/C IT WILL DRAIN YOUR BATTERY!!! THE SAME WITH THE ALTERNATOR IT TOO WILL DRAIN YOUR BATTERY!!

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