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Having a batttery pull. if battery negative cable is left on over night the battery will be dead

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You have a bare spot on one of your cables that is grounding a positive wire or you have a dead cell in the battery. Have the battery checked and check your positive wires going from the battery to the engine compartment fuse panel and starter for bare spots allowing the wire to ground.

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