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I have a jeep that was converted to a 12 volt system., and a solenoid switch. 1. I have one wire going from the Alt. through the cable to the battery. 2. The battery cable goes to the right side of the solenoid switch. 3. The cable on the left of the solenoid switch goes to the starter. 4. The terminal at the top of the solenoid switch goes to the igniition switch and one wire from the ignition switch goes to the right side of the Amp guage. 5. One wire on the right side of the soleniod switch where the battery cable is attached is going to the right side of the Amp guage. 6. I have one wire going from the left side of the Amp guage to the accesseries, lights etc.. 7. Someone told me that I should have another wire going from the Alternater to the left side of the Amp guage. I am afraid to do this as it seems I will cause a short and blow out my wiring for the whole vehicle. 8. One question, is the left side terminal on of the Amp guage used for accesseries etc. 9. It has been suggested that I should forget about the Amp guage and just wire in a volt guage. If so, what would be the wiring diagram for this. Also can you give me a good diagram on wiring the Amp gauge too. I have consulted Auto mechanic all over Somerset, KY. even a professor at the local Tech School and they all said they do not know how to properly wire an amp guage. Can you help me???????????????? My name is Ed. Swan, from Somerset , Ky and the jeep is a 1949. My email address is My cell phone is (606) 416-0729

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What you have doesn't sound quite right, nor does the advice you are getting, though I don't think it would cause a short either.
I think the right way depends on what you want the amp gage to measure. If you want it to read the total output of the generator, you have to connect everything in the car to the other side (opposite from the generator wire). On the other hand, if you just want it to measure what current is going to the battery, then you put the accessory wires on the same side as the wire from the generator. I have made 2 diagram below. A volt meter is easy, and you can have both, if you like. A voltmeter just goes straight to the battery terminals if you want to know for sure that you are charging. You can use plain ground and the alternator wire, but then if there is a fusible link from there to the battery you are not always sure the voltage is getting to the battery. Does this all make sense?I have a jeep that - 4603398.jpge9d6f29.jpg

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