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Battery drain when car is inactive

The battery will loose charge even if it has no loads connected. This happens due to the nature of the chemistry of lead acid type batteries. A fully charged battery will fully discharge in a few ...
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Drain Plug Crush Washer- Installed wrong size

My "opinion" is, you should change it now. If it's too big, even if sealed now, will want to allow the bolt to loosen up at some point. Whether it gets loose enough for the bolt to fall out ...
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Amplifier is causing battery drain

are you running an amplifies for the subs? if yes are you using a capacitor in line with the power to the amp and have you check the voltage to the amps signal on wire? As the deck also receives ...
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2006 vauxhall astra keeps having battery drained and wont start

I would try using a multimeter that can measure DC current to see which circuits are drawing power with the ignition off. The radio should draw some, and the alarm (if your car has one) and whatever ...
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How to clean the mold inside the A/C drain hose?

There is a product called BG Frig Fresh. It's made to eliminate mold and mildew from an AC. There is a drain under the car, spray in from there, or go backwards and tap a hole in the box under the ...
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What is the difference between flushing and draining? And can flushing be a bad idea?

In the most simple terms flushing means you are actively washing the old fluid out using some sort of other liquid (such as a detergent or solvent) rather than passively draining which is just ...
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Antifreeze in engine oil

You poured antifreeze into your oil gallery ... you need to drain and fill will fresh oil. If you haven't ran it, you can possibly put the vehicle on level ground then pop your oil drain plug out for ...
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Driving 2 hours without thermostat

Assuming that you still have coolant in your system, you should be good for a reasonable time without the thermostat. Its main purpose is to keep the engine up-to-operating-temperature when it's COLD....
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power drain and sometimes will not jump

From our discussion in the comments, it would appear to me that you possibly have a bad connection of one of the wires on the battery positive post. The starter is getting power, but maybe one of the ...
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Engine oil change interval

You have the recommended interval from your mechanic and the recommended interval from the oil manufacturer. But you are missing the number that you should start with - the one from vehicle ...
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Is a battery charger worth it?

A cheap hack is to disconnect the battery every time you stop and leave the car, and reconnect it when you want to start the car and drive. Assuming the car keeps the battery charged while it's ...
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Battery Drains in a few days of just sitting!

A normal multimeter can measure max 10-20A, and this also for short time only. This current is easily exceeded when the motor is running, or when it's not running and heavy consumers such as headlight ...
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Battery immediately drains upon Negative cable connection

What I suspect is, your battery can only charge with what is considered a "surface charge". This usually means one or more of the cells are bad in the battery. When in this condition, the ...
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Can unplugging a device which is connected to a tapped fuse stop battery drainage?

Yes it will stop the camera draining the battery, but that defeats the "convenience" of having it on - why not locate a fuse which comes on with the accessory position of the key..
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2006 vauxhall astra keeps having battery drained and wont start

Have the charging system load tested and make sure the battery is fully charged 12.5v or better. I'd avoid disconnecting parts or pulling fuses until you can identify the source of the draw. There ...
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