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Damage from leaving ignition on?

Left the ignition on in my Carrera for two days. Battery is flat and I am recharging it now. Is there possible damage to anything else beyond the battery? I seem to recall reading a long time ago that the coil can be damaged. Is this true? If so, how can I test the coil, aside from just seeing if it produces enough voltage to start the engine?
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no hard info here.

just as a data point. Some pelicanheads reported toasted Pertronix with key left in on.

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Shouldn't affect your car. Electronic ignitions shouldn't do anything more than drain the battery.
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Shouldn't affect your car. Electronic ignitions shouldn't do anything more than drain the battery.
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John,

If your coil got hot enough to damage it ... it will most likely be 'oozing' now ... check for oil or goo leakage.
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Thanks for all the reassuring responses. The coil seems fine and I drove the car to work today. My only concern now is whether the Optima battery might have been damaged from being deeply discharged, but since it held a charge over-night I guess its fine. A few years ago a Pelican posted here that his Optima was unable to hold a charge after being allowed to fully discharge.
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