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Vehicle wont hold a charge changed altanator and battery

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If the Alt is good and the battery is new. I would say that you have some thing hooked up that is drawing current....tdoes this happen overnight?

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The way to tell the alternator is working right is that you have only 12.5 volts at idle, and 13.5 volts when reved up. You simply put a volt meter across the battery. You can get a volt meter at Harbor Freight for $2.
If there is no current going into the alternator, it will put out 0, even if new.

But a big drain is also worth checking.
If you have the lights, wipers, AC, big stereo etc., on often, the battery will not charge. You could also have a short draining more than any device would. You could also have something like a trunk light that is staying on over night.
If you take a battery terminal off when the engine if off, there should not be 12 volt difference across the opening. If there is, you probably have a drain all the time, and you need to disconnect things until you find it. But don't do this unless you have your radio code if you have one of those anti-theft radios.

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