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If you have a multimeter conect it to the battery with the motor running at idle it should show 12 volts on increaseing the revs youshould see it climb to approx 13.5volts if it fails to do so you need to test voltage output at the alternater I think that is were you will find the fault also you might want to have your battery load tested if it has one or more colapsed or sulphated cells there is no way it will charge

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set meter to measure volts,
put red on battery positive
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