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97 cadilac devile drains battery overnight

The bell dings that let's you know that the keys are still in the ignition when you open the door. Problem is the keys are not in the ignition, they are in my hand and the doors won't lock unless you hold the lock button down for 15 seconds.

Battery drains overnight if the car hasn't been used much during the day

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Possibly alternator could be draining it ,or glove box light or visor light staying on causing it to drain out

Posted on May 11, 2009

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