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98 ford contour battery light stays on. New wiring was done from battery to fuse box and alternator. The batter is 5 months old and the alternator was tested and it was fine. The garage said the alternator was barely charging the battery is this the case or is there something else going on?

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Take volt meter and connect the meter to the battery correctly, red on positive and black on the negative . Make sure the DC setting is set on and not on the AC mode. Now as the engine is running you should get a 13.5 volt reading if the battery and alternator is good. Now reverse the meters wires and set the mode to the AC mode. If the reading is the same the alternator has a faulty diode that needs to be replaced. The diode keeps the current running as a Direct Current so the battery will charge. If it runs with a reading in the AC mode no charge to the battery will happen

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