Questions tagged [battery-drain]

A loss of electrochemical potential between positive and negative terminals a car's battery, creating a loss of power, sometimes to the point of being unable to start the vehicle.

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Acceptable battery voltage drop overnight

This is a follow up to this question that I asked previously. Since asking that question, I have kept my same commute, but have been driving consistently 30+ miles on the weekend. In addition, I have ...
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Battery drain suspected from door locking system

I have a Mitsubishi L300 van 2005 and one of the doors is not closing properly, hence the light of "opened door" is constantly on. This drains my battery in two days, which I suspect that is way too ...
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2015 Honda Accord Dashboard lights won't turn off after draining the battery

I'm a fairly new driver and I have zero knowledge of cars in general, today I made the mistake of sitting in my car with the ignition on but the motor not running, thus causing the battery to die. ...
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Minimum driving miles to keep battery charged (Honda Civic 2015)

I have a 2015 Honda Civic and I got a new battery for it about six months ago. Recently the car hasn't been starting and required jumps every morning to run. I took it to the dealership and they let ...
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My Scooter is not starting

My Scooter,Activa is not starting. Accidentally I kept my ignition on for 2 days What to do? Please help. Thanks in advance
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1988 T-Bird clicking sound when key is on

I accidentally drained my battery so I charged it and went to drive it car died when I went to drive. Now it makes a loud clicking noise and won't stay running. I don't think I put a good charge to ...
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Genesis 2016 battery Problem

Six months ago my car wouldn’t startup in the morning. I replaced the battery by buying a new one from the dealer. Now, the same problem is shown again and dealer replaced the battery for me again. ...
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Car won't start, only 3 years old

My '16 Dart SXT for the past month won't start without needing a jump if it sits for a day without being used. Starter is fine, thought it was the battery so bought a new one and less then a week ...
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Risks Of Using Car Battery With Less Battery Acid

If I have a new battery, however some of the acid has spilled out of it, what are the possible effects of using that battery? The spill happened from the battery falling on it's side. There was no ...
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12v starter battery True amps available why volts come back so fast by running engine 5 mintues?

The OEM start battery on my new van is 70AH, 120RC. I have a 12v freezer that consumes about 3amps @ 12v. It takes the freezer about 6 hours to freeze a gallon of water. My battery is not a deep ...
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Flat Battery, heath is down but charge is fine

yesterday, suddenly my car battery got flat, i was driving since one hour, i just stop on a shop and it didnt start again, i called the breakdown AA, they came and started my car, he said that the ...
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Depleted Honda Fit battery — how long to recharge, how to re-enable radio?

I left the interior map lights (driver & passenger side lights) on for about 30 hours, depleting the batter in my Honda Fit. I could barely see the lights on. Fortunately, at least one towing ...
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2004 Chevy Trailblazer, battery dies but engine stays running & other weird electrical issues

Almost all of my dash lights will come on, airbag, seatbelt, security, ABS, etc.. they all turn on, my battery light turns on, gages all go dead, radio goes dead, windows stop working, power locks ...
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Nissan Note 2012 battery drain

I have had problems with my 2012 Nissan Note (the boxy model). The battery would be flat after a couple of days, even when driving occasionally. After leaving the car parked and locked for 20min, ...
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Is there a way to reliably test voltage of a 12V battery when it's not disconnected (i.e., partly loaded)?

I'm having an issue where a fully charged battery doesn't necessarily report the proper voltage when checked from the socket within the car, because in order to have the socket activated, the car has ...
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Is a 13.07V alternator voltage too low?

I'm having some problems with a 2006 Mini One D (1.4 l diesel engine). About a month ago the alternator warning light turned on (it only turned off over about 4000 rpm). The belt looked good, so I ...
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Volkswagen golf 6 won't start after battery replacement

I have a Golf 6 which stayed in the garage for 6 months untouched. I knew the battery was dead so I replaced it with a Golf 4 battery. After a few keys the engine coughed a couple of times, then the ...
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diagnosing battery drain -ford Taurus 97 - fuse 23

pulling out fuses one at a time, i isolated the leak to: fuse 23 - leaking off-scale (> 250mA at 12V) - "Wiper system,variable assist steering, remote entry, anti-theft" fuse 24 - leaking ~180mA - "...
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Porsche Cayenne - battery problems after 3 months standing

My Porsche cayenne has been stood for three months and now when started the battery generator light comes on when driven over a short distance also the heater fan has stopped working the battery ...
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Battery drain suspect parasitic battery drain

My wife's Toyota Yaris hatch back, battery is draining overnight, I consulted a mechanic, he checked the battery by using volt meter, and told me the battery is fine, and then removed the negative ...
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Frost on parts under hood of car

I have some questions. I recently woke up to a dead battery. It's been below zero lately so it's not surprising as it's not an every day driver. Yesterday when I opened the hood to check the battery ...
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Can a faulty Car self starter damage the battery?

My almost 3 months old battery has gone bad and is giving voltage around 10V. Service centre tells me that my City's Self starter is the culprit as its putting too much load on the battery and is ...
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2003 Honda Civic battery won't stay charged

My 2003 Honda Civic sometimes won't start. It will start with a Jump, and then may be fine for a couple of weeks, or a couple of days. This has been going on for a while. The Starter and battery are ...
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How long it takes for the internal lights to drain a relatively new battery

For a relatively new 12V battery (5 months old), how long does it take before it drains and ends up not being helpful to start the car? I had just my internal lights on for 30 minutes and after that I ...
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Install cutoff switch to solve an intermittent battery drain?

Bike: 2018 Husqvarna FE350 I have an intermittent battery drain. Sometimes when I park (turn bike off and take out the key) the bike for 12 hours or so, the battery will be dead. Sometimes, the ...
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Is my car battery charger not working?

My old car battery died because I leave it parked too long. I replaced with new battery and this time hooked a solar trickle charger to it to keep it from discharging. (it's parked in public space) ...
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Car Stalls after about 45 mins to 1 hr of running

This is a challenge for mechanics. No one seems to know what's going on with my vehicle which is a 2007 Toyota Isis. If I turn off the car sometime it won't start again and i would need a jump start. ...
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My car battery keeps dying, what should I do?

Because I used to leave my car unused for extended periods of time (couple of weeks), the battery can't remain unused 3 days without dying. And using jumper cables everytime is difficult. I bought a ...
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What would cause a short to ground while driving - how to locate the problem?

So I was pulled up at the traffic lights yesterday in my 1980 Nissan Urvan (E23) diesel after just coming off a 30 minute commute on the freeway when all of a sudden the engine cut out and a few ...
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Is it normal for car battery to drain this fast or is something causing this?

My i10 ever since i got it years ago had battery problems. If left for 4 days after a short trip, it discharged enough to not start again without jump starting. If long trip then expect 2 weeks. Is ...
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Battery draining while car is off

Once I jump the car and it's running with the Positive lead on the positive terminal and the negative lead on the negative terminal I can turn the engine off and start it back up within around 10 ...
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Battery losing charge when car sits for 2 days or more

I had an aftermarket radio with GPS installed in my SUV 2 years ago, since that time I have replaced the battery 4 times, I have also had the truck in the Toyota dealership for an electrical ...
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Accessory coming on randomly and killing battery. GMC Canyon 2007

My 2007 GMC Canyon has had this problem for a couple months. All of the accessories turn on by itself after I have left the truck off and locked. I thought it was the ignition, because when I took the ...
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1995 Toyota 4Runner: White smoke, battery constantly drains

I own a 1995 Toyota 4Runner (I was told the engine was rebuilt, so I'm not sure if mileage matters). I got this from my grandpa around 2 years ago, which had been sitting at his house parked for over ...
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Jeep wont start after thunder storm

Vehicle was running fine same day prior to storm and never had any indication of battery or power issues. Then we had a thunder storm and there was a significant strike close by over head with no ...
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SUV (05 Toyota Sequoia) won't start via jump anymore

Earlier this month, the latch on my back hatch door broke and the hatch wouldn't lock closed. What I hadn't realized was a rear dome was popping on and off when people bumped the truck and at some ...
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Calculating power consumption through OBD port

I need to calculate the power consumption of my device. The device is composed of an esp32 board with a cellular module, powered though an OBD port. I want to have to connected to the OBD port of a ...
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Car battery drain issue with Clock ON

I had the issue of the battery going dead in 12-13 days if my car(Chevy Beat LT) sits idle for that long. An idle current measured was 0.16A that gives around 13days to my 50AH battery. After removing ...
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Do i need a separate powerswitch for amplifier besides remote

I have a Ford Fiesta 2010 model. Its fitted with JBL GT5-A402 amplifier with 240 watt. It is connected to a Pioneer head unit. Rem wire is working fine. Amplifier is powered directly by the battery ...
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Battery won't fully charge

The battery is about a year old, it held a full charge for about 3 weeks, the voltage sits at about 12.3, that is fine to start the car, but every day I don't drive it, it drops 1 point, so during ...
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When to replace a battery jump-starter?

I have a battery jump-starter for many years (more than 5). I wonder if I should replace it now. How can I tell if it needs to be replaced?
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Avoid flat battery from door left open

Is there a cheap device, or circuit I could make up, which alerts people to car doors being left open for more than X minutes, to avoid batteries being completely drained? I know of a device which ...
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How often do i need to drive my car when it's cold?

My Volvo S40 -00 with a 12v battery has been standing still in a cold garage since Thursday, it has been around -6 at night and -4 and -7 degrees celsius each day, how often do i need to drive to keep ...
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Cooling fan comes/stays on when not needed

Car is a 2012 Mitsubishi Galant. Went to drive it one day and the battery was dead. Totally dead. Car fob wouldn't work, lights didn't come on, and turning the key didn't even make clicking sounds. ...
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Best way of power desktop speaker in car

I want to power up my Sony SRS-D9 multimedia speakers in car. The speaker system powered by an adaptor which having input : AC 120V-240V~50/60Hz 60W out put : DC 18V 2.6A I am living in India. Here ...
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Does disconnecting the battery have negative side effects?

A recent answer at a sister site suggested disconnecting the battery routinely. I often disconnect my battery before embarking on a hike. Especially if I am in a remote location. This is a nice way ...
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Device that prevents vehicle from draining accessory batteries?

Not exactly sure if the device / component or setup I'm asking about even exists. But, here is my naive question (I am bad with electrical in general): Is there something built into modern vehicle ...
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Have to frequently jump battery, replaced alternator, didn't fix

My 2004 Ford Freestar frequently has to be jumped to start. Once jumped, if I drive it for more than 15 min or so, it'll stay charged enough that I can drive it again within the next day or so. If I ...
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Battery draining whenever the headlights come on

My car (2001 Toyota Camry) drives fine as long as the headlights are not on. As soon as it gets dark and the automatic headlights come on the battery light comes on and my car dies. What's going on? I ...
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parasitic drain

1997 GMC Suburban K1500, 5.7L gas TL;DR - 18 moth old battery dies in 4 days. 0.02 amp on parasitic drain test I've been dealing with this issue for a while now. Battery is about 18 months old. ...