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Something is draining battery power before starting...

My Audi 2.8 v6 battery keeps loosing its charge for starting when the car is left for any length of time, but immediately hops back up to 14 volts on the in-car gauge when bump started. The starter motor sounds like its turning with the charge that is left in the battery, albeit very slowly and not fast enough to get the car ticking over. Could this be just a low battery, or something more serious to do with a fault/short in the electrical system or alternator?

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Hello , your right your battery may have dead cell ,and on the other hand you may have a alternater that is not charging easy way to find out is have it checked out at your local autoparts store for free ! god bless

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