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My VW Beatle 2000 battery, keeps going dead.

I use it to travel to work a short distance every day. Someone said that the battery may get run down and the distance I travel might not be enough to charge it up again, if also using either the fan, radio or lights as well. The alternator has been changed, recently, and I found that my clock started to keep time again, it was always behind. The alarm (ding sound) not sure if alarm is the right word, for the car lights, indicator and door left open dose not work either. I had the car in for a battery change 2 years ago and the guy in the garage said that the battery was find but he charged it up for me anyway, free of charge. What can I try, I don't want to buy a new battery If the same issue continues. The car is 10 years old and I am not sure if its ever had a new battery, its a work car, do you think at this stage it needs one?

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Although your battery may have a life expectancy of 6, 7, or 8 years, most car batteries don't last much more that 5 years. Sounds to me like you are in line for a new one.

See if this makes a difference,
Try to warm up your car before you drive it. If you are worried about theft, get two car keys and start the car about 5 minutes before you leave for work, and you can use the other key to lock the car so no one would take it while it is warming up.
Be sure to have no accessories on while it is warming up, except to turn on the heat for the heater without the blower fan to warm in the inside of the car.
That way the engine is warm and you can turn of the blower fan when you start to drive.
If you need to drive short distances at night, all the accessories being on can surely run the battery down.
Try to use only the headlights for trips at night of less than 10 miles.

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The battery may need water added to it - have them check the water level if it is a water conductive battery. If it is not have the battery replaced, if the alternator has been replaced a good chace its your battery. ALso if you are not driving that far your battery shoulded be draining your vehicle that much unless there is a battery issue. If you are going to keep the car for a while for for a brand like Optima they really have juice but Sears has good affordable batteries as well or whatever brand you feel comfortable with.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013

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SOURCE: Won't start (again); has new alternator & new battery

what it sounds like is that you may have a loose ground somewhere,most likely a ground strap from the engine block to the frame to the battery. chances are that because of the loose ground your altenator maybe charginging properly but the looose ground the current is not going to the battery so as you are driving the battery is being discharged. if this doesn't solve the problem then i suspect that your alarm is the problem. it is hardwired to the positve side of the of the system and is drawing your battery down. please rate the solution...thanks

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SOURCE: 2008 Jeep Liberty-Dead battery issues w/ a new battery

Unit has a draw somewhere that needs to be addressed. I have found the auto starts sometimes can cause this. But if the draw is through the negative side it could be tough. You should take it to the dealer and have them perform a draw test on the entire vehicle.

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SOURCE: Battery not keeping charge after alternator changed out..

If you have a voltage regulator than yes this could very well be the problem however I dont think your truck has one. Normally when this thing happens you check the diode in the alternator but you said you replaced the alternator so well assume that is not the problem. Next with the engine off and all electrical acc off. Loosen the positive cable on your battery take the cable off and watch for a spark between the cable and the battery, if there is a spark that means you have juice being drawn from your battery look for a short in your wiring.

Posted on Mar 29, 2009

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Hello raiderfan520....Have the battery "load tested" this will tell ya if the battery is defective, one bad cell will draw the others down. If it's bad and only 12 months old you should have warranty left. (free replacement or pro-rated)...If your battery load tests OK, then you have an amperage drain going on while the vehicle is parked.
This is called a "parasitic drain"
Make sure no interior lights, under hood, trunk lights...etc. are remaining on. I hope you don't need the following information i'm about to give you, but here are the steps to locating a parasitic drain.....

  1. Remove the negative side battery cable from the negative battery terminal.
  2. Attach an ammeter(this measures amperage) between the negative cable and the negative battery post. wait a few seconds to several minutes for the car to go into sleep mode. i.e. when you make the contact with the test light the cars computer systems "wake up" after a bit of time they will go to "sleep".
  3. If the ammeter is reading over 25-50 milliamps, something is using too much battery power.
  4. Go to the fuse panel(s) and remove fuses, one at a time. Pull the main fuses (higher amp ratings)last. Be sure to observe the ammeter after pulling each fuse.
  5. Watch for the ammeter to drop to acceptable drain. The fuse that reduces the drain is the draw. Consult the owners' manual or service manual to find what circuits are on that fuse.
  6. Check each device (circuit) on that fuse. Stop each lamp, heater, etc. to find the drain.
  7. Repeat steps 1&2 to test your repair. The ammeter will tell you exact numbers. There you go...everything you never wanted to know... I hope this will fixya up...good luck.

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Posted on May 14, 2009

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SOURCE: 2002 Kia Sedona new battery & alternator car dies while driving

hey buddy the same that happeanto me, its your alternator dont make any one give you the run a around alternator for sure. i got my alternator from gb500 it cost about $160.00 after tax.

Posted on May 20, 2009

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