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Old 05-27-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Sudden Battery drain?

I started up my car today and drove it about 5km to a plaza. I always listen for my starter these days because I'm afraid that the battery will have died (car has had a weak battery in it, got it replaced, but the replacement battery died in 3 months. Now I'm extra paranoid about it and wonder if my alternator's dying - but it seems fine since my car can run fine without a battery).


If the starter churns and continously dims the lights on the dash as it starts up, I know that my battery is dying. Today, my starter was fine - came up real quick.

After parking the car, shopping and coming back to the car, I couldn't get the dang thing to start. The moment I turned the ignition, all the lights in the dash went dark but I heard absolutely no churning of the starter. I tried it again and then my dash lights wouldn't even come on. I had to get boosted to get home.


Normally, I can tell my if battery is dying from the way my car starts up. I didn't see any symptoms this time. I just lost almost all my power while I was parked out... It seems like I could have a really bad electrical connection or something somewhere?

any ideas?
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:46 PM   #2
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did you replace the battery yourself? if so, check the connections.

otherwise, check for draw when the car is off, if none

check your alternator is charging the battery correctly
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:59 PM   #3
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Thanks propr'one!

Electricity is a troll. My car has been starting up fine for the last 3 months. I messed with the connections and it seems that the positive terminal had a little bit of corrosion on it...rubbed that off, plugged it in, and got the juice back.


Problem resolved.
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