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The battery goes dead in a day or two. Have checked resistance 0.75 ohm with all fuses removed same with hot wire removed on alternator did not remove main fuse in engine compartment has a new battery about 6 months ago alternator checks good. The only thing that seams like a problem is the wipers work with the switch off but I removed the fuse and thay did not work but still had resistance. Thanks William

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Remove either of the battery cables from the battery and put an ammeter between the cable end and post. start pulling fuses till the draw disappears or gets substantially lower. which ever fuse you pulled serves the circuit that has the problem. I'm certain you had the battery load tested ???

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Provided you have had a load test or confirmed some other way that battery is good & alternator is charging, take a 12 volt test light and remove your positive connection on battery. Now connect test light between battery clamp & battery. As long as it lights up, it is showing a draw on the battery. Bright light, fair size to big draw, and the dimmer it gets, the less draw you have. Keep in mind, stereo has constant connection for memory & clock, which will cause some draw. Pull fuses momentarily and watch light for dimming, then you've found circuit with draw. When all else fails I've had to make sure I know where they all go, then I pull them all, and put them back in one at a time, noting dim ones, and then remove them again, and when I find the bright ones, also note them, and remove them too, and so on, so that I am only checking one draw at a time . After all done, I concentrate my efforts on bright ones to try and isolate the biggest draw circuit(s). Takes time but, hey what the heck if you haven't got a clamp on ampmeter.

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Disconnect your alternator this is a known problem with fords the internal regulator will stick pulling down as much as radio left on

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