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Audi 1996 A6 wagon - battery drains if car not used for 4-5 days

We park our car in a New York City parking garage, and drive it once every 2 weeks.  The car needs to be jump started if it hasn't been driven in 4-5 days.  The battery holds a charge fine - it's not a problem with the battery.
Audi service in NYC was unable to diagnose the problem, and a German car specialist couldn't either.  
Thinking the problem was a drain from an electronical component, we disconnected the sunroof/moonroof and radio.
Any ideas would be appreciated.

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  • marylynn286 Feb 12, 2009

    Thanks.  We're taking in into Audi (again) for service tomorrow, and will suggest they try this.



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Unhook the battery completely and see if it will start after a couple of days. if it does you probably have a wire stripped and grounded out. all you need to do is install a power disconect key in the car, and you wont have any more problems.

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  • wroberts20 Feb 10, 2009

    unhook the battery completely and see if it will start after a couple of days. if it does you probably have a wire stripped and grounded out. all you need to do is install a power disconect key in the car, and you wont have any more problems.



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