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Electrical problem Battery and alternator are new. Battery loses charge due to a short somewhere. We live in a hot climate (near Palm Springs, CA) and seem to have problems every summer.

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Sounds like you have a draw on the battery unhook your positive battery and put a test light between the battery post and the pattery lead if test light lights up you have a draw you will need to pull fuses one at a time until light goes out when light goes out see what that fuse powers and repair i just had a problem with a 99 regal and found the radio was drawing on the system found radio shorted internal

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