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I get an electrical shock on the driver side door almost every day. Battery drains easily if lights stay on for 4 hours or radio plays for 40 minutes.

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f you are talking 15-20 minutes, then I'd say your battery is not holding a good charge.

If you are talking 8 hours, then, can't necessarily expect the battery to hold up that long.

Not sure where in-between those two numbers you should consider it a problem. However, you should have an option to turn off the dome light and save battery power.

Also, repeated drainings of the battery like this can cause a battery to fail.

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