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Electrical drain 1998 Toyota Camry

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Hello there, I have a 1998 Toyota Camry LE v6. The problem I am having is with a battery drain. The problem started when the taillights wouldn’t work and I took it to a local mechanic. He got the lights working after changing the bulbs apparently but soon after the car would start slowly then rapidly loosing battery. Tested the alternator at a auto shop and they said it was fine but quite old so swapped it out a new one. Fuses are fine except the alternator fuse keeps burning out upon connecting the recharged battery. The battery itself has been checked and but aside from being dead from discharge has no issue and can be recharged. Looked around under the hood no visible torn cables or connections can be seen. After some searching, learned about the parasitic draw test but when conducting it with the recharged battery the current will continuously drop to nothing with removing fuses not really making a difference. Also upon trying to jump start or simply the reconnect battery to the car a lot of sparking will occur with the terminals. From what I can figure a circuit is burning out the alternator fuse stopping the alternator from recharging the battery. Though what’s causing the shortage is a mystery still. Any help is appreciated

 

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    Is it the large b+ cable fuse that is burning? If that’s the case, there should be a short to ground on that cable. You can try to remove it from the alternator and protect it with tape and check if the fuse is still burning. If the problem get’s solved, there might be a short inside the alternator.

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