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The dealer repair shop for my 2000 Jaguar XK8 said I have a grounding problem causing my car not to charge properly. The conections on the battery checked ok and the braided ground cable checked ok to the the car frame. The dealer said the altenator and battery checked okay. I have to charge the battery if we don't drive the car for a week. Is there a way to check this problem without incuring high labor cost.

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Check to see if you have a ground cable from the battery to the engine block. Then using a volt meter check the voltage coming from the altenator to the battery. Voltage should be 14-15 volts. There again the engine needs a solid ground from the battery. With ground attached to engine and you tested it and found that the voltage was not as i described then the altenator is at fault. Be sure the radio and a/c is turned off during test. hope this will help you.

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