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Q: New alternator and battery. Volt gauge is reading less than 12 volts.

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I got a new alternator and battery but on the volt gauge its a little less than 12 volt while running

My car has 113000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Hello there, a few common failures can prev...

Hello there, a few common failures can prevent your 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit from charging even after the battery and alternator have been replaced. The most common would be the battery cable, a faulty voltage regulator, a bad alternator fuse, or a wiring harness fault. If you need to have the problem scoped out further, a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to diagnose the charging system to that this can be resolved accordingly.

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