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1. is there a free owners manual that will show me how to work the lights? 2. when the car is off, what things are known to draw from the battery?

Normally keep car on trickle charger (we try to drive it once/month) because battery(s) don't stay charged. Have paid many auto professionals to see why.... I was forced to leave it outside (record low temp 9?F) overnight without the charger. Cannot get the low battery indicator to go off--drove it 50 miles. Started fine but again after last night, no battery at all. I can go buy another battery (one a year?) but was hoping someone with experience might know what the drain could be. Hoping that if I get all the auto lights off (they appear off at night, no lights) that will fix the leak but can't find a manual to see how to set the headlight dials. Thanks for looking in your memory(s) --

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You might want to take a look at this and see if someone you trust can help youl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B__DqK90IIc
I had a battery that kept doing the same thing on a pickup...I finally pulled the battery and took it in to an advanced auto and let them fully charge it for 30 minutes...and then test it....they said one of the battery cells had gone bad and it would continue to not hold a good charge...That is why when you go buy a battery...look at the date on the side of the battery...places sell them with year old dates on them..if they go bad..they will prorate your refund with that date on the battery...not what your receipt says....been there done that...get the newest date on the battery!!


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If you disconnect the negative battery cable and connect a 12V test light between the battery negative post and the negative battery cable terminal the light will burn if there's a draw. Make sure all electrical consumers are off and all doors closed when doing this draw test. If the light is on start pulling 1 fuse at a time until the light goes out, when it goes out that's the circuit that has the draw. Trace it from there.

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As a simple preliminary test, try disconnecting the battery before you let the car stand for a while and see if it will start when reconnected. (If this will not affect radio codes and alarm systems). This will give you an idea if it is the battery or something in the car that is draining the battery.

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Agreed, you can do one of two things. Replace the alternator, or get some new brushes and try out your soldering skills. Good luck.

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