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I changed the starter and alternator and the car battery still acting like its drained and wont crank. but when its off the lights and every thing are still going on full. so the battery is not dead, whats goin on. when i changed every thing i drove it for a lil while befor it done it.

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Have the battery tested. clean your battery connects.

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