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Every night when i put my 88 Camaro in the garage the battery would be dead. Nothing was left on. I do have an alarm system in the Camaro the siren is not connected. My left electric door lock does not work properly and my electric truck lock does not work properly.

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Have the battery tested - could have dead cells..
And have the charging sytem tested..
Any power drain when the car is off can easily be detected..

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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    Have the battery tested - could have dead cells..

    And have the charging sytem tested..

    Any power drain when the car is off can easily be detected..

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What is the amp draw on the battery? have you tried disconnecting the alternator, a defective diode in the alternator can cause this problem of a draw.

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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