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Battery power -

We keep getting a flat battery. The battery does hold its charge.
I have taken the courtesey light bulbs out from the footwells, main cabin and boot.

Any ideas or what can be draining the system

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  • dljwd Oct 20, 2008

    Check the bonnet catch or the boot sensor



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Alternator might be bad, or is going bad. I assume you're using a stand-alone batter charger to recharge the battery? If so, you'll need to replace the alternator, as it's not performing the function of recharging the battery. If you take longer trips, the battery might run out of juice and the engine might stop.

If not the alternator, you definately have a short somewhere else that needs addressing.

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