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My alternator gauge does not work, first problem.
I just installed a new radio, without an amp, on friday. I took out for a half hour ride, with lights on-- it was a light rain--. I stop, put in gear and turn out, -- i was on a steep incline. I get out the kids, turn 'em loose on the birthday party and the car barely turned over. I had to roll it back down the hill and pop the clutch to start. It barely started when we left.
Do I: get a new alternator/voltage regulator/ battery.
and how do I check?
Thanx,
Gordy
 

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First I'd clean and check the battery connections. Make sure you cables are good, just visually. If all seems well, there are several auto parts stores that will check your charging system for free. But sometimes, if the stuff is known to be old and you just want to be done with it, replace both the voltage regulator and the altenator at the same time.

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put voltmeter on battery term and note 13.5 +\- 0.5 Vs when car running. or take alt and VR to Autozonef for free test operating as sykstem.
 
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