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Something is running down the battery

I have a new battery (3Mo) and I have taken the car in and had it tested for battery and alternator. The front passenger window was not working but is now. The under the dash light of front passenger side was not working and now is. Had this problem last week, but then the car did fine. I drove three hours home and it hasn't started since I parked it.

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Fit a battery isolator till fault foundor disconnect battery when you stop.normal cause of battery discharge is diode in altenator,it allows current to earth out slowly

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Where both rebuilt alternators any good
& retested at store?

Your explaining a constant voltage drop,
once the battery is hooked up.

How about the ignition switch?
Does that have anything to do with
the regulator control in alternator?

You haven't said you have 14 plus volts
with motor running,so basically you don't
have an alternator charging your new battery
& the ignition currant, even without the lights on,
is running down the battery

All I said is what you already know

I'm is missing something?

Don't unhook any battery cables with
the motor running,were not living in the 1960's

Those type tests will ruin many things on newer
vehicles, than yours,loose that practice & also avoid
jump starting any vehicle from 1996 on

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