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Battery dead after a day to two days of sitting . Battery new and chargeing at 14.2v at no load ./13 amps . Car is 1995 mistique with 40,000 origional miles but sits outside all the time . Any ideas ?? Thanks .

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Are you getting the readings off the battery using a meter or of a dash display. -- check/clean battery connections, do load test on battery, and check/clean ground cable to chassis. Hope this helps

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