i have a 97 xj and for about a week it was saying check gauges and the battery meter was going down to zero, then one night it just completly died. the next day i took the battery and alternator out and the alternator passed but the battery was done so i got a new one but i put it in and its still saying check gauges once in a while, do i need a new alternator too????
It could be the connectors on the back of the gauge cluster. The 97 is known to have this problem.
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Alternators can test good and still not be good enough. You need to use your Volts/Ohms multimeter and test the alternator output. It should output between 12-14 volts at idle. If you don't have a multimeter, spend $15 and get one at the hardware store.
Check the wires and connection between the alternator, battery, and starter. The connections should be clean and tight and the wires and connectors should be in good condition.
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