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I need to figure out what is draining my new battery during the night when everything is turned off.

The cables were replaced with the new battery 2 months ago. I have checked all fuses with a tester that lights up on all the ones I can test with it. The only thing I notice is an occasional short beep sound from the car when it is parked in the driveway. I have heard it 3 times now in the last 10 minutes from inside my house. I have to recharge the battery every day.

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One way to do this is to wait till its dark and get to the fuse block and pull each fuse one at a time slowly , the one that is pulling a load will have a large arc or like a spark to it then its just a matter of tracing out the circuit !

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Testimonial: "Hi Brendan. Thank you for your suggestion. The "large arc or spark" part scared me, but it got me thinking about checking certain circuits with an analog meter. (the radio doesn't work) I also am experimenting and have found that if I don't activate the anti theft alarm over night the battery stayed at 100%. However, when I drove it around doing errands all day, activating the anti theft alarm in between stops the battery was at 50% by the end of the day."

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