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Electrical Short - 1998 Chevy S-10

There is a short in the electrical system that is draining the battery every night unless we remove fuse 19 which is the odometer and gas guage fuse. What could be the problem and how can it be fixed?

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  • ekimiezzam Apr 28, 2009

    i have a 1998 S10 that i have to take the same fuse out or risk killing the battery. Also dome lite seatbelt headlight foglamps daytime running lights,will not work when the fuse is replaced. any help



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I had the same problem it was the ignition switch, somehow didi not close all the way

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