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Battery drains after driving.Car runs good 1999 sunfire 2.4

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  • Craig Ward
    Craig Ward Jan 10, 2009

    check the alternater the alt/belts, batt/cables ,battery

  • Scott  Moore
    Scott Moore May 11, 2010

    do you have any aftermarket alarms or stereo installed?

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You need an altenator

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1999 Pontiac Sunfire hestitation problems


I would have an electrical system check done on this car.. I would check the alternator to make sure the output is what it is rated at. I would then have a parasitic draw test done. What that is is when the car is off and it had sat for say 1/2 hour to make sure there is nothing in the car that is keeping an excessive drain on the battery. if you have anything after market on this car alarm/amp for radio etc. The car has a base draw that in minimal. It's to keep the colck radio memory going and the computer memory for the engine computer.. Next thing I'd check is the starter motor make sure that is doesn't have an excessive drain when cranking the car.. LAst thing would be the battery cables. If you have high resistance in either cable it will "rob" the starter of the necessary amerage to crank the car over. And tempature has a HUGE roll in this. If the cables already have excessive resistance in them and you warm the car up from the outside temp. it will make the problem worse. If you had a battery thta went bad and was leaking acid out of the the posts that acid wicks it's way into the cabes and that's where the problem started... I would also next battery you buy get one with a higher cold cranking amperage and a longer reserve capacity. Good luck :)

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Yes if you leave a glove box open, a door open, or your car alarm going off could defiantly drain your battery. On the other hand if it is dieing while running then the problem is your alternator its what keeps your battery charged while your car is running it may test fine but could still be weak. Or it may be that your not letting your car run long enough for it to charge up if you need a jump start then when your car is running don't shut it off for a good 20 minutes because short trips are hard on batteries.

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if you have a bad altinator it will drain your battery causing the enguine to stop running. and if you killed the car that was jumping it then i def would get the altinator tested on both cars as jumping a car with a bad altinator can cause charging issues on the car doing the jumping.

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1999 Pontiac Sunfire Leaking water in Passenger Interior


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