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My 99 safari volt meter always stays on about 14 even at idle but recently it has started dropping to about 12 at idle then back to 14 when driving. what is this indicating?

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Not necessarily a problem. It depends on MANY things. If you are running lights, heater or AC, brake lights, all of these things can cause what you describe.

At speed (2,000 rpm or so), you need to be 14 volts or higher.

To test:

Fully charge, then load test battery.
If Battery okay, then load test the alternator to check output amps. If no tester is available, often parts stores will test for free.


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