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Why is battery not working?

New alternator new battery engine light is on battery light is off alternator check at battery says not working

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If you don't have the equipment to check the system take it to Auto Zone, etc, and have them check the system. Just because it is a new part doesn't insure it is good. They can also run a check for the codes. Both checks should be without charge.

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Replace the regulator if you know for sure the alternator is good. Even new ones go bad or bad from the store.

Posted on Aug 14, 2011

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