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Hello i have a 1985 delta 88. For some reason my battery keep draining. I replaced the alternator and the battery. i changed the battery cables also. When i cut the heater on in the car my lights dims, blinkers stop working, radio cuts off,and the battery drains.Also the low coolant light, low fuel, and check engine light came on. all these problems accuried after my battery drained one day from listenig to music with the key turned backwards. thanks for your time, and i really hope you could help me solve this problem.

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  • tevin_howard Jan 05, 2011

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We are having the exact same problem..new battery and new alternator this week and still can;t drive the car anywhere.

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