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1997 Saturn SC1 48,000 miles. Battery light is on and the vehicle will die out when driven over 15 miles. Auto Zone tested the alternator and found it to be charging properly. Replaced the battery, but the light remains on. The car will start to chug and sputter at around 5M RPM when not in gear.

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Check that your cables are tight from your alternator to your battery

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