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Battery drain on a Kia soul

With a full charged battery, and letting it sit for 3 1/2 days the battery won't start the motor. No lighting on during the sitting peroid. as it sits in a dark garage and it should be visable at night. The shop can only detect a 200 miliamp continous drain on the battery, which is about nothing. The car was in for a emisions code error and they said the emissions solenoid had a short in it, and replaced it along with the wire harness. My question is if the relay controlling the solenoid had an ark across the contacts and fused them this would turn the contact surface metal into a soft semi metal coating. would this be enough to keep the normaly open contacts in a closed position one day and then be open the next day?draining the battery? and would it be good one day and then be bad a few days later? The car has been in the shop many times in the last month and a half and they keep telling me they can't find the problem. Is this a problem you have ever encountered ?

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It's 1.48 am here and I'm rather sleepy but the other thing that springs to mind (bearing in mind the electrics on all cars are basically the weakest link) is a power drain. Basically that means there is still a loose connection somewhere on the car and quite possibly an earth.
If you lift the hood and check on the inside left and right wings you should see a whole bundle of sheathed and/or unsheathed wires bolted or held by a screw. Check the tightness and ensure this area is clean.
The weather could also be another factor, electrics don't like the cold and wet, so always keep a can of WD40 in the car and spray away at the electrics if you have car starting problems. Especially where the spark plug leads connect to the plugs.
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Posted on Mar 27, 2009

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SOURCE: How do I find a electircal short. After sitting

You have a draw, not a short. Disconnect the positive battery cable, and put a 12v test light between the cable and pos. batt. post. Light will illuminate indicating power is being requested by a circuit. Start removing fuses one at a time until the light goes out. That will be the draw circuit. Check the items on that circuit for the one that isn't shutting off.

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SOURCE: My 1997 Saturn sl2 has a problem with the battery

your car will always have something being powered but its a trickle amount[computer-entry control[keyless entry]-radio memory-etc if ur going to let it sit for a month with battery connected yes your battery will more than likely be dead when u disconnect it ur also clearing all codes and memory in computer and components auto stores sell a trickle charger/maintain charge charger for long term storage there used for any type battery boats ,cars,atvs ,planes,etc the charger maintains the charge in a battery it goes on and off when needed

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Here are a few things that may help you.
Batteries not holding a charge is usually the result of a either, low levels in the battery, a dead cell, or below freezing temperatures. If you do NOT have a maintenance free battery, you should check the levels.

You can also take the vehicle, while it is working, by Auto zone, or Discount auto parts and they will check the battery for free and tell you if the problem is your battery. While you're at the auto parts store you should also have them check your alternator, again it's free, to make sure it's working properly.

I hope this helps you!

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SOURCE: 1998 Dodge Avenger. My car

performed paresetic draw on system to find out what is draining the battery
could be lots of thing ex : trunk light ,under hood light ,etc etc.

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