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The CD on my 1999 vw beetle drains the battery when the car is shut off. What would cause this? Is it fixable or do I need a new CD changer?

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Check to see if power is on even with the key off. if so you need to wire it to a place on the fuse panel that powers up when you move the key to acc on the ignition.

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