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@Tman wrote:

Ammeter wired back to front, or battery connected the wrong way around, if you mean why does the needle swing to the charge side?
I’m surmising here that the engine isn’t running and the alt isn’t really kicking out that much power for the ammeter to show a charge?

yea its another stupid question,,, 😕 I’ll’ try it again.The ammeter swings over to the left at idle with a high electrical load,showing a discharge.Then it moves towards the right as the rpms rise. It pretty much stays in the middle.It never goes very far over to the right and I was wondering what the situation would need to be to see the needle show an excess charge? When the battery was fully charged?