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Seen this "mystery drain" many times. Check spark at the battery to see how big the drain is. For this simple test, blow away any (explosive) battery charging fumes. Leave one terminal on and gently touch the other to its post in fairly dark surroundings. Then try it again with the wires taken off the alternator. Your spark is now probably much less. Usually bad diodes leaking electricity backwards through the alternator cause this drain. Replace the alternator or the diode pack inside it. Some mechanics recommend actually measuring the drain.... hahaha. OK whatever.
nancycmixon, When you see this "check your charging system" you need to have the alternator checked. This is the main component for the charging system. A normal alternator will put out 13.6 to 14.6 volts. A few tenths of a volt either way won't mean too much but if they are extremely over or under these values means you have a bad alternator. I believe that your vehicle has a voltage meter in the dashboard and it will usually read in the thirteen to fourteen volts range. As far as your battery losing its charge overnight means that you have another problem and that is you have what is called a parasitic drain. There are a certain amount of parasitic drains already in the car with the radio memory and maybe a clock that constantly displays the time and the antitheft system in the car. These will not drain your battery overnight. You have something else draining your battery that is your problem. Have the alternator checked and mention the battery drain. There is test for this but it is too lengthy to post here. Sorry about that. Good luck with this.
it seems like something is draining your battery while the car sits overnight. causing the battery to get weaker and weaker putting stress on the alternator making it fail prematurely. the dealership will do a paracidic drain test where they'll find out what is draining your battery while your car sits overnight. it could be a bad module somewhere that's staying on when it shouldn't be.
Check the body control module located on the drivers side above the brake
pedal. It is a black box very easy to change. You can find them online
from 60 to 100 dollars.
Conversely it could also be the multifunction switch. This is a
little black box near the end of your turn signal level underneath the
steering wheel cover. It can cause a ticking noise to be randomly heard
and cause your parking lights to flicker or stay on, draining your
battery. The switch can cost $800 dollars to replace. However, the unit
can be cleaned and repaired with contact cleaner and compressed air.
could be the battery is not great and needs replacing,or else the alternator is gone and not recharging the battery properly,also make sure no lights are left on anywhere to drain the batt,,,if the alternator is good it should show 14 or more volts when tested with a multimeter any less it should be replaced,,,