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Batter drain on 88 Honda Accord

Turns out on my car the headlight retractor is bad and it drains the battery (with or without lights on) attempting to retract the lights. I did the same drill as others, checked the battery with no load - no problem. Checked the alternator with no load - no problem. Replaced all the fuses one at a time - problem shows on any headlight (i have 4 fuses for them low and high, left and right) fuse being put back in. Went and got a new retractor - problem fixed!!!

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