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Hi i have a 1999 s/type i seem to have a elec problem some where its a new battery but i have to recharge about every two to three weeks the aa have checked the alternator and say its fine so i dont know the cause have you any ideas many thanks

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  • penfold62 Jun 22, 2009

    thanks for your reply will get it checked



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You have to check your wiring for a possible short circuit, most probably with the lines of your lights or accessories which doesn't consume much power.

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