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Car keep dying

Once every week i have to get a jump, the battery have been change 3 times . According to Sears the alternator is putting out 13 volts

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Something is not shutting off when you shut off the car... if you have a multimeter check for current drain on the battery with the key off.

Robert

Should be a small miniscule amount of drain (keeps the memory on your radio)

Posted on Sep 20, 2008

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