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Have checked battery and alternator, both good. Have continuity through heavy wire and the two other wires that come to battery but alternator will not charge battery. The instrument panel RPM and light quit as well. 1995 Ford Windstar 3.8 GL

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If you look where the heavy wire from the alternator goes into the end of the fuse box near the battery there is a mega fuse there. I would check that and the nuts that hold that fuse in, they might be loose causing a poor connection.

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