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Battery keeps draining

Replaced battery & alt about 3 months goes by and battery is drained

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  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2009

    I use my care on a daily basis, but my battery continues to go dead if I leave it for more than a day and a half. We notices that the interior light would come on when no one was even near the car. We did instaff a shut off switch to the battery as a fix but it is kind of a hassel.

  • danagauthier May 06, 2009

    I have the same problem on a 2000 Continental, but it's intermittent. The battery has been drained for 3 of the last 5 days. The dome light goes on and off of it's own accord. I've heard the door switch that informs the light control module can get gumed up, so I'll try that, but it sounds like a long shot.

  • Chuck Martin
    Chuck Martin May 11, 2010

    Do you have access to an amp meter and know how to use it?

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    Replaced battery and alternator no fuses replaced yet

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Are you not using it for three months at a time? if so it could something as simple as a clock draining the battery, i would disconnect the battery if you are not using it for extended periods of time

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