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Need to know how to change an external voltage regulator

Battery goes dead after sitting

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If it only goes dead while sitting, your regulator isn't the issue. I'd hook up a trickle charger, or have someone start it for several minutes a week with no accessories (fan, A/C, lights) running.

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