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Some one jumped my jeep but put the cables on backwards.Now i have to jump the car to get it started every morning.The volt meter is on 14 when i drive down the road.Also when i charge the battery it is good for two days before I have to jump start it again.

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Happened to my brother you need to replace the battery

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