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Short in the sysyem as my batter is being drained even when the vehicle is off

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When does it go dead ? Over night , while driving ? Two different diagnostic's ! If it goes dead while driving the alternator is not charging the battery . If it goes dead over night there is a parasitic drain on the battery , something is on , using current . You don't say what make , model and year vehicle but most all vehicles from the mid 80's on have a number of control modules (computers ) . They power down after a set amount of time , an sometimes they don't power down . There are videos on youtube showing how to find a key off power drain .

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Check for a more than .2A draw when the car is off using an inductive ammeter with your own tool, or at Sears or Walmart or your local auto parts store (if they are so equipped).

How old is the battery in the car? Batteries only last 3 years on average, I learned at Sears, through observing warranty adjustments.

Either there is an external draw on the battery or the battery is internally shorted.

Good luck on this repair.

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Never saw an ammeter that had a "normal" reading on the gauge face...You aren't reading the dash gauge are you? Normal procedure is to place an ammeter between the battery and either lead and read draw that way. Then remove each fuse till the draw diminishes substantially. An alternator can draw a bit but it should not be excessive.
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If your engine is a diesel then it may be the relay for the glow plugs which is shot

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You then need to unhook items like the starter motor and window motors even the alarm in a one at a time order until you see that drain stop.

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