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Battery is draining dead. Even while driving.

Ive replaced the battery, terminals, had the alternator checked, looked through every fuse under hood,interior box, and radio fuse. ALL are fine. The battery is still running dead even while car is in motion. It is a manual transmission and will not push start either. Takes less then thirty minutes to run battery dead with a fully charged battery.

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It could be the voltage regulator or a short in the electrical system. Replace the voltage regulator to see if this takes care of the problem. If not check for a short in the electrical system.This can be a very difficult thing to track down but with a test light and some patience you may be able to track it down. Disconnect the positive cable from the battery. Take the test light and connect it between the positive terminal of the battery and the positive cable. Light should come on. Remove and re insert all the fuses one at a time checking to see if light goes out. When it does this will be the circuit that is draining the battery. If you have to do this with the car door open make sure to bypass the door switch so the interior lights and or door buzzer doesn't give you a false reading. Two people make this process a little easier. Once you have found the draining circuit trace the wiring and look for any exposed conductors or pinched wires. With the fuse for that circuit installed and the test light connected try disconnecting and reconnecting anything the circuit is connected to, again watching for the light to go off ,this will help pinpoint the problem.be patient and methodical and hopefully you will locate the problem. Hope this helps.

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Hello James White, my name is Andy and i will help you to fix your problem more likely is the alternator remember when you have i bad battery can cause a false test on the alternator so my advice will be to make sure that the battery is fully charged and then get a multimeter and with the car on and a/c on and headlight on connect it and make sure is more than 12.80 volts and no more that 14.0 volts, you can get one of this multimeter in the closest walmart for 20 bucks i had lot of cases when people test the alternator the wrong way that why is better yo do it yourself :D WANT SOMETHING DONE THE RIGHT WAY DO IT YOURSELF

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that is the alternator and vehicle power supply fuse, did u jump this wrong? u will need to replace this fuse before the car will start.

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After disconnecting the battery overnight does it hold its charge? if not, its the battery. if it does then you have something draining it and this could take a bit of finding, is the radio draining it? you might think its off when it not, remove the fuse for the radio and try again. Have you got any mobile phone in car set up fitted? this is also a favorite for draining the battery. It has been known for the alternator itself to be faulty but as you have had this replaced with a new one, you can rule this out for now. interior lights is another possibility (the dim feature if fitted) or if you have a light fitted in the boot or bonnet, (trunk or hood) removal of fuses one component at a time should help you in pinpointing the culprit, but as I said if you know the battery is fully charged, disconnect it overnight and see if it is still charged in the morning when you reconnect it. There are other ways to find the problem but unless you are an auto electrician there is no point in telling you as you wont have the equipment to use, that by the way is your final option, take it to an auto electrician.

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80 amp fuse under hood.. check for grounded wires between battery and starter or alternator and batter // or fuse panels

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