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Q: Car not charging

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My car doesn't charge.

A starting charging test should definitely be carried out. This will reveal whether or not the battery has been drained and needs replacement. This also checks the starter for proper operation and cranking voltage. The alternator will be tested checking for proper charging voltage and operation. Wiring could also be a culprit. A starting and charging system inspection can easily be set up and carried out by a qualified technician from YourMechanic.

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