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My battery dies in a couple of days and my power windows work with key off. And it's not only when I first turn it off and open the door.I checked the cig lighter dome light for shorts.No fuse's blown.New Battery.

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  • olde_cars May 17, 2009

    I haven't drove the car at all since I put the new battery in. I checked for power draws with the negative terminal and disconnected the alternator and still drew 12.74 volts

  • olde_cars May 17, 2009

    Is the rectifier not in the alternator ? I disconnected the alternator completely and it still has the draw.

  • olde_cars May 17, 2009

    Is the rectifier not in the alternator ? I disconnected the alternator completely and it still has the draw.

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Looks like the dynamo or the rectifier has malfunctioned. However if your headlight do not get dimmer the longer you drive at night(couple of hours min,), then the dynamo is OK but the rectifier responsible for charging the battery has somehow shorted, resulting your power windows operating with the key in off position.............sodeep

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    Sudeep Chatterjee May 17, 2009

    OK but that has no connection to failure of an electronic item which generally not used regularly is more prone to failure, because the insulation the cables become stiff & brittle, sulfur deposits on copper based connectors and many more factors( and might seem like something like " list 10 things that can go wrong on any unused electronic item"). No puns intended, just expressing my helplessness to put down all the reasons so please don't mind my language.......................sodeep( and remember the rectifier is the main culprit)

  • Sudeep Chatterjee
    Sudeep Chatterjee May 17, 2009

    Well for charging a 12 Voltery requires current which is routed via rectifier when the current(I) consumption is low(eg. during daylight when not using head lights/Fog lights,etc.and as far as i know Sulfation occurs when a battery is not fully charged, and the longer it
    remains in a discharged state the harder it is to overcome the
    sulfation. This may be overcome with slow, low-current (trickle)
    charging. Sulfation is due to formation of large, non-conductive lead
    sulfate crystals on the plates; lead sulfate formation is part of each
    cycle, but in the discharged condition the crystals become large and
    block passage of current through the electrolyte.

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