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How do i check the charging system? Battery and alternator

Customer Question

How do i check the charging system? Battery and alternator less than a year old.
JA: Have you tested the battery with a voltmeter? And can you see if it's leaking or not?
Customer: volt gauge usally reads around 14, now under 12.
JA: What year is your Volt?
Customer: Voltage gauge on 1999 Dodge Durango.
JA: Are you fixing your Volt yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: took battery cables off and cleaned
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  roy replied 8 months ago.

good morning my name is ***** ***** I will assist

engine running, the voltmeter at the battery should read 14 to 14.5 volts. without it running, the battery should read 12.6 volts


Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I need to know the proper steps to check the charging system.
Expert:  roy replied 8 months ago.

I told you what you need to check with a volt meter in my response.

check the voltage at the battery with the engine running. you need a volt meter at the battery. you need 14 to 14.5 volts

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
You did not help. i was looking for the steps to check system.
Expert:  roy replied 8 months ago.

you need to start with battery voltages as I stated, both running and not running

sorry, I guess you do not understand the process. I will opt out so some one else can try to help you.


Expert:  Chris replied 8 months ago.

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I will see if I can get you a procedure. Be right back

Expert:  Chris replied 8 months ago.

Click on the link below to see the procedure(s). This came out of the factory service manual for your Durango.

let me know if this helps,


Expert:  Chris replied 7 months ago.
Hello, just checking back to see if you received the procedure I sent. Please let me know if you did or did not. I can send it again if needed. Chris

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