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We have replaced the alternator and starter if something is still draining the battery and i need a jump off once i turn it off what could be the problem

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It can be a dead cell in the battery that is draining it. Park the car and remove the negative cable. If you get up the next morning and the battery is dead, replace it as it has a dead cell. If it is still good then look for a power drain. Curtorsey, dome, glove box, under hood, trunk lights, or brake lights. It can also be a sticking relay that is draining it.

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You have a draw and a draw pulling more than a couple hundred milliamps.This will drain the battery in an objectionably short amount of time.. All the things you mentioned and more can cause this draw. The best diagnostic step towards isolating your draw is with meter that reads Volts DC or better yet a test light.(I think) ..disconnect B+ positive battery cable. Install meter or lamp in series with disconnected cable and battery post. You do have some smal draws like computer memories,clocks etc which will show a low amount of voltage hence a very dim test light. If you are drawing heavy ,obviously the meter will show a full blown 12 volts and the lamp bulb will be very bright. Remove fuses,unplug relays,dis-connect devices while watching the voltage or lamp.You should begin to isolate offending item once the circuit has been detected, Generally pulling all fuses individually will tell you at least which circuit is pulling the amps.

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