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My battery drains quickly and the battery light stays on. I had the alternator checked out which was good. I bought a new battery and the light went out. After 15 minutes the battery light came on again and the battery drains

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  • lori_hutchin Dec 09, 2008

    i have the same problem. I loose my lights and power to my wipers and everything else. What wiring could it be?

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Get the wiring checked as there is possiblely lose wireing and or bad earth conection

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