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My alternator reads at 13.9 volts and i changed the battery-had battery tested said it was fine. still heard like a motorcycle shifting sound- not sure what it is? autozone said bad alternator-mechanic and car say fine. please help

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Who to believe,someone who is trying to SELL you an alternator or a mechanic who makes his money fixing cars........my bets on the mech....

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