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When the battery is drained from leaving the keys in the on position, what else must i do besides get a new battery?

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Usually you don't have to get a new battery at all. In fact most of the time if you jump start the car the alternator will recharge the battery simply by just letting it run for a few minutes or driving around the block. But if you do have to buy a new battery because it died when it was cold and froze, then you might have to reset your check engine soon light after you put the new battery in.

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You don't really need to get a new battery just charge that one up unless it is really junk. Take your battery or car to a qualified repair shop to test your battery. If your alternator is working properly all you need is a jump start and drive the car for appox. 30 miles to reset the computer and you should be good to go.

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Keep ignition off, if have had no problem with battery you could get it charged without replacing battery

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