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Battery draining Hi, I have a 97 maxima SE. The car seems to have a short which drains the battery if the car is not used for about 20 - 24 hours. My mechanic checked out every fuse, but there is still a drain on the battery. he says it might be 2 wires touching somewhere. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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  • shuly Oct 29, 2008

    a brand new battery was installed first.

  • Anonymous Nov 04, 2008

    battery was tested, even tried another battery

  • msw1 Nov 10, 2008

    I change my alternator and battery at the same time. after about running for 25-30 min it died on the highway??? WTF. is there an external voltage regulator or something

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2009

    the bose radio on/off /volume knob was the culprit...
    mine was drianing the battery... remove radio fuse...problem solved
    ...buy new radio!!!!

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    It not called a short, it is a drain, but 1st have the battery tested, did your technician do that test?

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Crank your car leave it running and pull the hot cable off the battery tell me what happens

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  • Joshua Davis Nov 20, 2008

    if it shuts off its your alternator

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