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Battery doesn't hold a charge, even when idling. I had it load-tested and it passed. I had the alt checked and it passed. help!

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Did u take the battery to a local car place like pepboys? or did you check it on the car? If you checked at the shop and its ok it might be a bad connection to battery or the starter, or even a bad ground from the battery/engine to the body. Good luck.

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