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Can I fix a hidden draw on my battery by removing a fuse?

I'm pretty sure I have a hidden draw on my battery somewhere. Once I find it by checking with a meter and removing fuses,.. if it's something unimportant like the electric door locks, can I just leave out the fuse? Or will it somehow still draw on the battery?

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You can leave the fuse out. It will not draw power because it doesn't have the fuse to complete the circuit.

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