Question about 2001 Saturn SL
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. .
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
Posted on Dec 27, 2008
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