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I change the alternator and starter ans still discharge batteries

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Spartakus maybe your battery is crappin the bed. have it tested.. i would also test for a parisitic draw. i would explain for you but it would be easier on my typing to tell you to follow this link --->HERE<--- he also includes a couple diagnoses during his findings.. pay attention to where he says pull one fuse at a time. when you pull a fuse and it drops. start checking whatever that fuse powered

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Some thing is draining your battery. See if you can get hold of a clip-on ampmeter (most accessory shops sell them quite cheaply) and connect it to the thick battery main output cable. Make sure everything is switched off and the car is as you would leave it (including the alarm set if you have one). The reading on the ampmeter should be minimal. If it is 1 amp or more pullout and replace the fuses 1 by 1 until the reading drops to zero. Then you will know which circuit is causing the problem, then you can check for silly things like courtesy light switches etc.
If you have an after- market alarm/immobiliser fitted, pull the fuse on that first, you may well find that that is the problem. The you’ll have the delightful task of trying to figure out someone else’s wiring. You may find that removing it and staring again is the best option.

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The alternator is okay but is short circuiting on the battery.

trouble shoot by using a friend's battery and you will experience the same thing.

This simply means the alternator has dropped its charging power.

Replace the alternator.

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