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I have a 2004 Mazda Tribute, when it sits a couple of days it will not start. We replaced the battery and this has happened twice that it would not start. The battery is showing okay. My husband used a test light and connected it to the ground cable and to the negative on the post and the test light is bright. When he pulled the fuss that controls the door locks, speed control, radio, lamp lights the test light goes back to normal. What could be the problem?

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Good for your husband, he used the correct method for checking for leakage. One of the circuits on that fuse is drawing power. First, was everything on that fuse switched off and were the doors all closed? If possible substitute the test lamp for an amp meter and get a reading of how many amps are actually flowing. This might point you in the direction of the faulty part, like 1 amp will be a small bulb or 3 amps might be a door lock that switch that is stuck. Try isolate each of the systems one by one that you mentioned and see which puts the lamp off - there will be a small flow for clocks and security systems etc.

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