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Battery Dies Every Day

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by buggaboo99355, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. buggaboo99355

    buggaboo99355 Junior Member

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    hi everyone,
    i have a 1992 honda accord lx a/t

    every day i have to jump start the car and it starts fine. after i drive it around and turn it off it starts up fine like the battery is full. but if i leave it alone over the night the battery is so dead the interior lights dont even light up. and the battery is good because i tried it out in a pickup truck for a couple of days and had no problems.
    i dont know what could be using power from the battery. PLEASE HELP
     
  2. HatchSpeeD

    HatchSpeeD ...Hi...

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    Test your alternator or you must just have something draining the battery...wow i'm tired g'nite
     
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    B16CRX Senior Member

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    It's fairly obvious that you have something draining the battery. Now, When the battery dies, do you drive it for more than 30 minutes? If not, that could be why you still have a problem. When a battery dies, and you jump start it, it needs to be recharged by the alternator for at least 30 minutes to be back to normal.

    Make sure you dont have your dome light left on, no interior lights are staying on at all. You may have a power wire somewhere grounding out on the body. Check all your wires.
     
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    Had that experience once. Found out that one or a few rectifier diodes in the alternator were shorted, thereby drawing power from the battery. When this happens it only takes less than half a day to drain out the batt. One simple check is when the engine is cold, the alternator should feel warm assuming there is still power drawn from the batt.
     
  5. buggaboo99355

    buggaboo99355 Junior Member

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    i am not sure if i drive it for at least 30 mins but i do drive for about 20 mins. do you think it is my radio or amp? if so what can i use to check if it is draining power while the car is in the off postion?
     
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    reikoshea HS Troll...And Mod Moderator VIP

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    as punisher said. if your alternator is the culprite, it will feel warm after the car has been off about 3 hours. if thats the case you have your answer. aside from that id check for shorts in your wiring
     
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    pull the fuse on your system. theres a good chance it was wired to constant instead of accessory power or something
     
  8. buggaboo99355

    buggaboo99355 Junior Member

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    The alt is cold. but when i turn off the car the radio turns off and all the amp lights go off too. i am just trying to avoid having to pull the radio for the 100th time just to pull the fuse but i will try if nothing else helps.
     
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    B16CRX Senior Member

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    there should be a fuse on your amp. And it sound slike you have a power wire somewhere grounding out and sending all your power through the chasis. Take it to autozone and tell them to check out your battery and alternator. They do it for free.
     
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    GSRCIVICTN Lost in a sea of rednecks

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    buggaboo99355 Junior Member

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    WHATS A DVOM???
     
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    GSRCIVICTN Lost in a sea of rednecks

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    "Digital Volt Ohm Meter"
     
  13. buggaboo99355

    buggaboo99355 Junior Member

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    if it is one of those tester things with the knob in the middle, a screen at the top, and a pos and neg wire, then yes i do.
     
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    GSRCIVICTN Lost in a sea of rednecks

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    Yeah, it's that tester thing you mentioned. Do you know how to check for a draw on the battery?
     
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