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Battery keeps going dead???

A couple weeks back the battery on my sons car goes dead, so I take it back to AutoZone and they replace it, problem solved.

A week later, its the same thing, I pull the alternator, they test and replace it (warentee) and I charge the battery, problem solved II.

Yesterday sone calls me up and the car is dead, I take a spare battery and it fires right up.

So the battery tested good, the car runs fine without the battery, I replaced the cable ends a while back and they are good, connections are all clean dry and fine.

So what do you think could be killing the battery or preventing it from charging?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-02-2010, 11:11 AM
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i remember a while back that some body had the same issue and it was the cables...cant remember exactly which one but i`m sure some body will chime in with the correct info
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I had some electrical issues on my 2000 ES. Alt checked out, battery was brand new but some how the battery kept draining. I ended up probing all of the battery cables with a multi-meter and found the problem was the battery cable from the alternator had a break it in. I don't know how the battery cable layout is on a 1st gen but on a 2nd gen the alternator cable is mixed in with the engine wire harness. I just bought a 78inch battery cable, two stereo grade battery ring terminals. I hacked off both ends of the old cable and ran the new cable.

A week later I ran into another issue. I kept loosing power. The negative cable from the battery to the frame some how ended up with a break in the cable and had to replace that one as well.
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I would swear the cables are ok, I'll check again tonight.
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does he have a large stereo system installed with spare battery? I had a issue where my spare battery was draining my car battery.. I put in a Stinger 200 amp relay at the spare battery to turn it off when the car is off.. worked out for me.
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check your negative battery cable , all the way down to the starter, it may be corroded. mine was doing the same thing,well, not as bad, until i replaced the cable .

a lot of times, ive seen, the cable looks good but is corroded where you cant see and it wont charge the battery.....IMO
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make sure trunk and glove box,hood light isnt staying on when closed. Also make sure when doors close that the curtesy lights dim down after 10-20 seconds. Something is draining the battery.
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yep, sounds like a draw somewhere
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In a 1st gen the charge wire for the alt goes directly to the PDC, then a wire comes off the PDC and goes to the battery. *its the black wire on the positive terminal with the quick disconnect on it* I'd check the quick disconnect for corrosion *it looks like a fuse, but just pulls apart*. You can also pull this apart when parking the car to keep the battery from being drained.
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I xchecked the car for sources of a draw last night. No big amps or lights on anywhere I can tell. I pulled apart the charge wire that goes from the PDC to the battery, cleaned it and loaded it with dielectric grease. The battery sides of the cables look good, I am going to chak out the other side tonight.

The car starts fine every time and then after a few day you can leave it for 5 minutes and come back and the battery is completly dead. I have a feeling its just not getting a charge and after a week or so worth of starting it has just had enough.

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I had the same problem of battery going dead all the time. I had replace the alternator 3 times before the wires and connections were checked. Turned out it was the wire connections themselves. changed wires and connections and all is well.
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