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No charge to battery

I have a 1998 Suzuki Esteem, we have replaced the alternator twice, the batter twice, and still the battery will not hold a charge. Checked fusible link and it is still good. Does anyone have any clues, hints, or advice?

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The starting /charging system is interrelated ....check amp draw of starter...be sure ALL grounds on engine alternator starter battery are clean and tight...also you could have a parasitic electrical leak...disconn neg side to battery and put test light in line..should be faint light for radio and computer..nothing more..if it burns bright you have something drawing power when system is off..pull fuses one at a time to discover where ....good luck

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