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Mazda protege antitheft system

My '02 protege has a current draw (battery keeps dying even after replacing it) that we think is from the factory ATS. This is because the LED on the dash began flashing erratically even while the battery is fully charged and the car is running. Is this probably correct, and if so how do we correct or disable the ATS?


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2001 protage the battery keeps dying. What could be the problem.

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