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Battery is being drained but when charged battery passes load test. gage shows charging when started for about 2 minutes then the gage drops to 8 volts and the check gages light comes on.

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    what are the symptoms of a bad alternator relay and is this possibly the cause?


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I would think this should lead you to think that your problem is in the components which charge the battery, and not the battery itself. Voltage should remain over 12 after it is running or the battery is not being charged. If it is not being charged, it is being drained.

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