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New battery drain for no reason had alt checked could i need spark plugs

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Sounds like an alternator to me, no doubt in my mine. spark plugs, whats that goin to do? replace your alternator girl, make sure you take the old one to parts store with you, could cost you 80-150 bucks! so thats on the light side, just for the part,

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SOURCE: I have a gmc 2003 z71 with codes 1637&1638

OK, I'd say you have a short, and a big one at that. Can you troubleshoot circuits? If yes, start at the engine compartment relay box and start checking fuses and any fusible links or circuit breakers in there.

Please see my tip at http://www.fixya.com/cars/r5925550-dead_battery_troubleshooting . These are generic instructions. If you get stuck or need specific instructions for your car, please get back to me with model, year and engine info.

If you find a bad circuit, I can pull your wiring diagrams and tell you where to look for the short. Please remind me what the z71 means--this is a Sierra, right? Do you have dual batteries?

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