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Alternator checks good, battery checks good, after driving the car for a while the 1995 Mercury Cougar dies at an while sitting at an intersection, battery completely drained. The battery will not turn over the engine. Replace the alternate with a rebuilt alternator, shows that the battery is dropped to 11Vdc while idling. What could be causing the intermittent discharging of the battery so quick?

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You have a bad battery, replace it

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