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1995 Pontiac Sunfire with a NEW battery that drains FAST

I charge the battery in the morning and 24 hours later, DEAD! But if I don't use the car for 5 hours it is DEAD! The sooner I restart it the longer it is will last.
New battery.. but wondering how many others have the theft system problem that drains the battery? If there is, how do you fix that.
Keep in mind I bought this car used and need a solution that I can do myself!

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  • belitski May 14, 2009

    This is a BRAND NEW battery so I can't imagine that being the problem but I will try the suggestion about the alarm system....and get back to you!

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Read this....I know it is not your make or model but if you the similarities to this, then yes, you can do it yourself, and yes it will be cheap to do.

http://mbworld.org/forums/e-class-w124/271845-alarm-system-drains-battery.html

Posted on May 14, 2009

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    Greg Bernett May 14, 2009

    Answering to the comments....WE are not so sure about the alarm...was knocking off the battery because the poster said, "New battery".



    It's a free comment and just a suggestion. Sometimes it helps these poster to search out the answer by reading another persons problems.



    By the way, swing by any auto parts store and they will check your battery for FREE if that is in question at all.

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How sure are we that the alarm system is the culprit?Is your battery free of acid on its top and no corrosion on the terminals? Top of battery must be kept clean and free of any acid and terminals clean or free of corrosion. Any acid across the top of battery between the two posts will cause a drain.. If the battery is wet on top, sprinke baking soda over the wet and if its acidm you will see it foam. Take care not to get any baking soda inside of battery. sprinkle some baking soda all around and in btween battery carrier or tray. Then was off throughly, taking cre to not wash towards engine and ring off the fender and grill sreas..If not a seal battery, Chk battery water level tomorrow. Add only bottled water to bring each up to bottom of fill hole. and rinse off again any spills. See how that cranks your motor. just punning around. Good luck, I'm sure we got it solved. :)

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    Ned C Cook May 14, 2009

    I realize its very frustrating and having to do it yourself makes it even more difficult. I suggested battery cleaning because the bateries are usually filled at the parts store and can be overfilled causing excess acid to escape confinement once placed in service . Batteries can be mistreated in shipment and handling. dropping, banging around and even rough stacking can damage one. So it cannot be ruled out as a possible defect just because it's new.. Like the man said ,virtually any parts store will check it and you charging system for free. Hopefully inconvenience is the only cost of free.

    How much do you drive this vehicle? and for how many miles, approximately . You stated the more you run it the longer it lasts. That in itself says the battery is giving mor than it is getting. Charging a battery is not instantaneous. The charging system needs tume to satisfy the replenish needs of the battery. Another sugesstion is to have the battery fully charged with a charger, then take a nice drive for about an hour. Numerous starts will deplete the batteries staying power and short hops to the store aren't enough to keep the battery happyand soon anything ,like your alarm systen or a glove compartment light can finish it off.24 hours is a long time for a battery not properly chargedto sit with even the slightest draw, like your alarm system Take some time and enjoy a drive. I am confident it will help. Good luck and keep in touch, At this point I don't feel it is anything major at this point.

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I think you have a bad battery. Try this, remove the negative battery cable off the post next time you leave the car overnight. In the AM reconnect it and try to start the car. This will tell you if the battery can hold a charge. I think the battery is bad and I would get it replaced with a reliable brand.

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