Automotive Dictionary: Ammeter

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Automotive Dictionary: Ammeter
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An instrument for measuring electrical current and hence the electrical output of the alternator. Instrument indicating the charge being put into the battery by the generator, also measuring the current being used by accessories, eg lights, heater, radio. Usually reads from + 30 through zero to -30 amps. A positive reading shows the battery being charged, a negative reading shows the battery draining.
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