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The battery is not being charged and it is not the alternator, what's causing the system not to charge the battery?

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Check for a fuse first off,and then check the large wire on the back of the alternator to make sure it is connected to the battery,that it has 12 volts with key off on the back of the alternator,on the large wire.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010

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