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Amp kills battery

Installed new Sony Amp to Chevy S-10. It killed the battery and alternator. Went to dealer to re-install, same problem. The audio dealer says it may be an internal problem with the amp.
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In first are you sure that the connectics are correct?? to plug your amplifier to your electric system on your car you have to plug the positive (Big Red) to the positive battery via a fuse breaker, the ground(Black) must be connect to the car frame and it has to be shortly, and the last connection blue must be connect to your switched ouptput on your radio.
If this are correct you have to use an amperemeter to follow your leak, for this you have to go to a electrical car specialist. ;)

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