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I parked the 2005 STS for few months. It won't start now even with a jumping cable. What can I do to fix the battery that has drained ?

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Charge the battery with a charger. newer vehicles with security systems will drain batteries when the vehicle has not been used for extended periods of time especially in cold weather.

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