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Battery is going dead from an apparent short. how so I find a short curcuit

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First test the vehicle D.C. VOLTAGE follows ground. Remove negative cable attach clip part of 12 volt test light to good chassis ground and other end to neg battery post if it lights is bright as attaching the light to positive and negative cable you have a strong constant draw. have some one hold light or vise grip it and begin to pull fuses one at at time this will tell ya what circuit is involved if light goes out leave fuse out and re attach battery check vehicle to see what does not work. If haven't found anything you might need a wiring diagram. Hot tips check charging system voltage about 14 volts and load test battery...... Troy

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