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Charging problem I wonder if you can give me the output readings from the alternator as I wish to resolve a charging problem. Obvious solution would lie at the voltage regulator, but at £80 I wish to rule out the alternator first.

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For the classic GS range there is an excellent web site. From where I was able trouble shooted my electrical problems very well. http://www.gsresources.com Voltage regulators rarely cause problems. Mostly it is the altenator, or the battery. The regulator only makes dc from ac current.

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