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2002 dodge status with new alternator and battery...wont charge batt once running and fan doesnt kick on automatically but works if manually turned on. any suggestions?

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Even thow alt is new it could be bad,,,the fan runs off a temp sender,,if it is bad it will not turn fan on,,,on fan runs off temp sender one run off your a/c or defroster,,if u get a chance to go to auto zone or advance auto they can ck out your charging system for free,,,, hoped it helped,,

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