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Q: Battery draining and. Starter motor getting hot

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Battery draining and starter motor getting hot
My car has an automatic transmission.

You need to have the battery cables checked to see if they are bad by doing a voltage drop test. If one or both of the cables are bad, it will overheat the starter and not recharge the battery sufficiently.

You may also have a draw from the alternator. Check the electrical connection at the alternator and battery connections.

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