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My honda matic charges while running but drains the battery after sitting a few mins

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Check the water in the battery. It should cover the top of the electrode plates. Add water if needed and charge the battery. Be sure the battery posts are clean and tight. If that doesn't help, the battery may be bad. They are only good for about two years.

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