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Electrical system failure. Replaced alternator, battery, a week later entire system shuts down and does not start, click or anything. Where/what can I start looking at now to fix problem? when vehicle was towed home, the next morning I jump started it and it started for a few seconds, soon as i removed cables, she died again....

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Sounds like a short in the system. If you can put a charger on the system, I recommend you pull the fuses one at a time and look for a spark when reinserting them. There are only a couple circuits that should spark when the key is off. After narrowing it down that way, you can start checking the wires and components on those circuits that sparked. You can also do this with the fusebox in the engine compartment.

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