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Chris, Shop Foreman
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Experience:  Dodge/Cummins and Chrysler Certified Master Tech
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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: 12 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  roy replied 12 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 12 months ago.
I need to know the proper steps to check the charging system.
Expert:  roy replied 12 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 11 months ago.
You did not help. i was looking for the steps to check system.
Expert:  roy replied 11 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 11 months ago.

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

Expert:  Chris replied 11 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 11 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