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Battery slowly looses power. Car needs to be boosted every 2nd day. Local garage tested and sees that battery is being used even when car is not started but cannot find source.

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Batteries when they get old or is going bad will drain. Autozone and shops have a load tester and a cca meter. Have it tested again and Walmart have a tester. Next the alternator need to be tested also. last check and make sure all lights are off at night ie trunk lite hood and so on. I hope this helped you.

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