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2004 Impala battery goes dead sporatically. battery changed, instrument cluster changed, trunk light changed, electrical system checked no problems found

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Try removing radio, ive had 3 impalas that drove me crazy! daignosing, they would drain the battery if car sat a weak,ending up being the radio shorting inside, dont know if thats your problem but i would start there, dont remove fuse have to remove the radio! hope this helps.

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