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When I turn on the Headlights the engine stalls.

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Check your main ground wires

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Test alternator-its probly failin--also du a complet inspec on vehicle

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Maybe the alternator isn't charging...
If you can get at a volt meter, you should have around 12.5 volts at the battery with the vehicle off, and higher when it's running, if not you may have a bad alternator.

Posted on Sep 06, 2010

  • devinhannah Sep 06, 2010

    the alternator has been tested and was fine as well as the battery.

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    Douglas Hansen Sep 07, 2010

    What is the volts not running and running??? Was the amps output tested on the alternator? Was the battery load tested? What kind of results?

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