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Something is killing my battery. My mechanic has checked everything possible. We think we find a solution, it's good for a couple of weeks and then it dies again. I'm on my 2nd new battery in 2 months.

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Do you get a buzz in the radio??? it could be a bad rectifier allowing ac voltage to trickle and shorting the plates in the batt, another tnig to check is that the alternator bracket is actually grounding to the engine, it would test good butnot charge the battery, just a few things that has happened in my day

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