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Car battery keeps going down

I have a 2001 Saturn SL1 with built in alarm/door locks. In June 2007 the locks motors kept fluttering and ran down my battery. I had a mechanic disconnect my door locks. He went into each door and disconnected. Everything was fine for about 8 months. Then in Feb 2008, I had a dead battery and so AAA came out and sold me a new battery. I got stranded 5 times with a dead battery. It was not bolted in, leaked fluid etc everytime. Then I had no problems from Apr to Sept. End of Sept, the battery was dead again and they came out. They decided to replace the battery for me Three weeks later, it was dead. They came out and said to make sure I start it every 2-3 days. I did that until Christmas week when I was out of town. I came back today and the battery is dead again. They have checked my starter and alternator and they are fine. I am a retired female and keep getting stranded all the time. Can you help me. .

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  • knnrfontenot Dec 28, 2008

    Thank you for your help. The mechanic may not have removed the fuses when he disconnected the door locks. And also, I hear a noise sometimes on the drivers door when I unlock it for a few seconds each time. It has been confusing to me because my battery may not die for 6-8 months or 2 months or 3 weeks, so I didn't think it would be something in my car but rather a bad battery like the first one that AAA installed this past Feb. But now with a new battery installed in Oct and the problem still persists-it could be a fuse not removed. I will get that checked out.

  • misha01 Jan 09, 2009

    I have a 2001 Saturn sl2 and nothing on the car is electric. My battery keeps going dead. I took it to Oreiley and autozone. They both said my battery is good and my alternator. I have to get a jump early in the morning. As long as I get a jump a let it run for about 25 mins, then i'm ok for the rest of the day. If I let the car sit for more than 8 hours, I will need another jump. When I first got a new battery, it started right up, then I turned it off and didn't start it up for the rest of the day and by the next day I needed a jump because the battery was completly dead.

  • jules2859 Jan 24, 2009

    I have the same problem with the battery going dead. We found that the trunk light doesnt go off. We need to know what triggers the light to shut off. Sometimes it goes off, and sometimes it doesn't.

  • sandycheeks2 Apr 27, 2009

    I have a 2001 saturn sl1, Im having a problem where i start the car drive it then when i shut it off and try and start it again it wont start. The radio , lights, everything turns on but the car wont start it makes a clicking sound when i try and turn it over. Then i try and have it towed to the shop or have someone come look at it and it starts right up again..I am at my witts end and need some answers...please!

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Mechanic did pull all fuses relating to the alarm & locks did he not? Obviously there is a draw on the battery, but to explain to you how to check it, and isolate it,may be too complicated but if your paying a mechanic, he should now how to isolate it, & fix it, or eliminate it without too much trouble. Explain to him/her that you obviously have something constantly drawing too much power when vehicle is shut off.

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You seem to have an electrical drain on your battery from what you are saying. However the drain can be coming form you alternator. With some skills I can tell you how to check for the source of this drain, Its an old technique that I learned years ago. Get a regular test light(the one with a bulb/light in it) disconnect your negative batter lead from the negative post on the battery. Connect clip end of test light to battery pole. Touch pointed tip to battery cable(negative one) With ignition key off and out of ignition and all doors locked and ALL OTHER ACCESSORIES OFF... this test light bulb should NOT be lit. If it is there is a drain. Go to main fuse boxes and remove fuses on at a time(MAKE SURE ALL DOOR ARE LOCKED AND ALL ACCESSORIES ARE OFF when doing this procedure) As you remove a fuse if light is still on replace in the same spot and move on to next fuse until light on test light goes OUT. when it does "Bingo" that's the circuit that has a drain in it. Some accessory in that circuit is draining your battery. Locating the source should be easy the fuses are marked by what they control. Contact if you need more help. Good Luck

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