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Battery issues - electrical short

We have a 2002 Buick LeSabre that shows no diagnostic problem but something is draining the battery.

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You may have a trunk/boot or glove compartment light that is permanently on due to a faulty switch. Get someone to jump in there and see if the light goes out.

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