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Ford F150 2002 drains battery overnight, new alternator and battery, no change. Alternator charges ok, and will restart throught the day, but when left overnight, will not start.

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Please see my tip at http://www.fixya.com/cars/r5925550-dead_battery_troubleshooting . These are generic instructions. If you get stuck or need specific instructions for your car, please get back to me with model, year and engine info.

Posted on Oct 03, 2010

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    Dealer canot find problem. Its a F150 ford 2002, extended cab

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Hello. Locating a drain like this requires special diagnostic tools. Drive to an autoelectric repair shop and have them check it for you. It is most likely a short, which they will be able to find in no time. J.

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