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2001 Ford Windstar LX battery draining

I have a 2001 Ford Windstar LX and the battery is getting drained very quickly (~ 1 day). The alternator is fine (relatively new) and there are no problems when the car runs. I suspect there's a short somewhere. With the battery out, and the fuse for the accessory plugs (fuse 17) pulled, I measure 75 ohms resistance across the passenger well plug and 75 ohms across the one in the back. The plug in the console next to the radio reads infinity. Have I found the problem, or is there something across that circuit that belongs there that would show that resistance?

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Change alternator it is short

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