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Battery drained last week and radio power clicked on and off at a slow rate for about a day, even though car started fine. Suspect water caused the radio to draw current? How to fix this 2000 town&country?

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You can always verify if it is your radio that is drawing the current of your battery down or at least you can narrow it down to which circuit it is. Remove the negative battery terminal and connect the negative side of a test light to the negative cable. Then place the positive side of the test light on the negative battery terminal. If you have a current draw the test light will light up. Now just start pulling fuses one at a time until the light goes out. Then you know which circuit is the culprit.

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