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Peugot expert van draining battery when everything is switched off When jumped started the battery charges quickly, but switch off the engine and in ten minutes the battery is totally drained. Help greatly appreciated

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Either change the battery or the alternator,,just either of those,,,if your battery is no good it wont hold charge when started,,,also if your alternator is no good it wont charge your battery when engine is running,,,(it can also drain your battery if faulty)..get a second hand alternator in a breakers yard maybe a batt too much cheaper,,,hope i helped you,,

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