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Battery being drained and alternator already been replaced

I have a 1998 Ford Escort SE that is draining the battery and the alternator has been replaced. But it is still draining the battery is there any other things that I can try before I take it to a shop.

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    Eric Heifetz May 11, 2010

    A 12 volt battery drain rarely occurs in an alternator, more often it wont charge. If the battery is going dead overnight, most common causes ate lights staying on in glove box, consoles, trunks, vanity mirror lights, etc, etc, etc.



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Have you checked your drive belt and the tension pully ? it sounds like the belt is'nt turning the alternator fast enough to supply the battery

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