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New battery is always dead

My new battery is usually dead after the car sits a couple days. Can something be draining it? The front passenger door won't latch- we have to bungee cord it closed. Can they be related?

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No, should not be related unless door is electricly opened. Place a voltmeter between the disconnected Positive battery cable and post. Put voltmeter positive on post and negative on cable. any draw will show on meter. If there is a reading, then start turning off everything to make sure. You can watch the voltmeter. When and if you hit the problem the meter should go to zero reading. Make sure key is out of ignition and all doors are closed, Check glove compartment light if equiped.
Check Alternater charge rate at the battery posts with the voltmeter. the voltage should be between 13.6 and 14.2 volts. With battery low, the voltage with engine running should be closer to 13.6v. Make sure battery water level is correct. As the battery charges up, the voltmeter should climb towards the 14.2v mark. It is very important the battery connections are clean and tight and no Acid is sitting on top of battery. Top of battery we. to ck, put voltmeter neg to negative post and slide the voltmeter pos across top of battery. If a reading shows then clean battery with baking soda and rinse of wit cear water. Avoid baking soda entry into the battery. Rinse off the whole battery area with runnung water, including the grill and fender. Good Luck. Take charging rate reading after all is said and done.

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Yes the door not closing may be causing the interior light to stay on. if it isnt then something else is draining the battery, you may have a short in a wire somewhere, there may be a ground wire that has worn thru the insulator, completing a circuit and draining the battery, do a visual under the hood and under the vehicle for wiring thats rubbing against the frame and has worn thru the insulator.
check to make sure no lights or accessories are running with vehicle off.
hope this helps, good luck

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Yes the drain is from there.

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