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amp gauge issue

I have a 1990 Ranger 2.3 ...the amp gauge is at 18 (upper limit) when I pull headlights and turn on heater it goes to about 16+ is it a grounding issue?

what should I look for?
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Voltage gauge, not amp gauge.

You need to get a handheld voltage meter.
Check battery with engine off, should be 12.4-12.9volts
Start engine
Voltage at battery should now be 14.5 to 14.9, recharging battery after starting
After 3 minutes of idling voltage should drop down to 13.5-13.9volts, keeps battery charged but won't ruin it.

Now with engine still idling, turn on head lights and blower to high, voltage should drop then come back up to 13.5-13.9volt area.

Just FYI, alternator running above 15volts means a problem, hopefully with your dash board gauge, which is why you need to test with a meter.
Above 15volts will ruin the battery and can damage electronics.

Voltage regulator in the alternator sets minimum and maximum voltages
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thank you I will check that out...if it is over volts would that mean a ground or a voltage regulator problem?
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Voltage regulator in the alternator
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