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Battery Gauge not working properly

im getting a low reading on battery gauge tried changing battery same thing truck is running fine as far as i can tell just the gauge telling me my battery is dead any advice?
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You will need to get/borrow a voltage meter.

Set meter for 20vDC (20 volts Direct Current)

Engine and Key OFF
Connect Black probe to Negative battery terminal
Connect Red probe to Positive battery terminal

You should get 12.4v to 12.8v

Start engine
At the battery you should now read 14.1v-14.8v

If not turn off key.

Find the alternator, on the back of the alternator will be a large connector with 1 or 2 larger wires connected to one terminal, this is called the "B+" terminal.
Put black meter probe on alternators case, put red probe on this terminal.
You should get 12.4-12.8v(battery voltage)

If not then you have blown fuses in the Power Box, they will be 50 or 60amp fuses, one for each wire on that terminal.

If you have 12.4-12.8v at the B+ terminal then alternators voltage regulator is probably bad
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It was the altenator thank you for your reply
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