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I charge the battery drive it for a while let it sit for a few days and it it turn over the volt meter shows that its charged but something is draining it while it sits

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Check the glove box light if this stays on it will drain it and you cant see it on

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999 ford taurus if it sits for 2 or 3 days the battery is dead how do you track a short


Use a volt meter or test light, disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery post. If the meter reads 12 volts or if the test light is lit start pulling one fuse at a time until the meter reads zero or the test light goes out.

Make note of what circuit the fuse protects then start working your way back from there. It cold be as simple as a dome light being left on but you need to narrow down where the problem may be located.

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I'm not certain I understand the problem, but it sounds as though the battery is not charging properly. Check it yourself, or have the charging system and battery checked. With the engine running the battery voltage should read about 14 volts. If it is much lower, the charging system is not working. If the battery goes down with the car just sitting, there is something drawing more current than it should. Easy things to check are for a glovebox light, overhead light, trunk light or underhood light that does not turn off. Normal draw with everything off, after sitting a few minutes, should be less than 100 milliamps. I hope this is helpful.

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If YOU CAN DRIVE IT,GO TO aUTOZONE,THEY WILL TEST YOUR ALTERNATOR FOR FREE,TAKES JUST A FEW MINUTES.

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Have an '85 XJ6. If it sits for a few days the battery is dead. Where do i start?


You first have to determine if it is a charging of the battery issue, or the battery itself, or if there is an unintended drain on the battery while sitting.
You can check if the alternator is charging good, by putting a voltmeter on the battery while engine is running. Voltmeter should read over 13 volts, somewhere between about 13.2 volts and tops about 14 volts, or just over. Anything less than 13 volts, and the alternator is not up to par, not charging the battery sufficiently.
If the battery is a little old, and beyond its warranty, it may just be too old to take a full charge, or it might have a dead cell. You can have the battery tested to see if it is still good.
If the alternator and battery are both good and working properly, you can check for an overnight drain with just a simple testlight. Everything in car should be off. Now take off the battery negative terminal and connect the testlight between the negative cable end and the battery negative post. If you have anything draining the battery while it sits, the testlight will light up brightly. If no light, or a very dim bulb, the system is good. A dim light would just be computer and clock memory, a very small draw, like milliamps, and should not be enough to run the battery down.
If you have a bright light on the tester, just start pulling fuses out one at a time, till light goes out. The circuit for the fuse that turned the testlight off is the problem circuit. Something on that circuit should be off and not drawing power, but it is.
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Battery keeps running down on 96 cadillac elderado


if battery keeps running down. check the voltage across the batery posts while car is off.should be around 12.5 to13 volts. then with tester hooked up to battery, start the car. if alternator is ok, it while read about 14 volts give or take a few volts. if the gharging is low its a bad alternator or the drive belt.

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Drive 2007 grand prix. wont even turn over or click.lottsa batery. Everything works. Just wont start or turn over. When starts and I drive it, then stop and turn off,sometimes wont start. Half to sit a few...


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Cadillac 1999 DeVille Battery goes dead after sitting for a few days. Had battery checked and it's good. What should I check?


You should check for voltage draws when the vehicle is off... Disconnect the negative battery termal, Pull dome light fuse,and connect a light or volt meter between the two.

common offenders are alternator diodes. These fail and cause drain.

Then you have to check, circuit by circuit, until you find the offending system.

Also, before doing anything, disconnect negative terminal and see if the battery is still fully charged after a few days...

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If all the wiring is OK - have the alternator output checked. A voltmeter connected across the battery terminals should read above 13.5 volts with the engine running. If not - the alternator may need to be replaced.

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Driving to milwaukee and my battery light turned on. never happened before. got to where i was going, turned off the car, let it sit for a min, turned it back on and the light was off. left a few hrs...


Hi:
The battery light means that your Alternator is not charging the battery. Thankfully, your cars battery was fully charged, and I am guessing that you were driving during the day, because if you were using your headlights, you would have been in trouble.
Basically, a fully charged battery should read about 12.6 volts, and when your car is running, you should be able to measure about 14 volts across the battery, because that is the output of your alternator. You can get your alternator tested for free at a local auto parts store, such as Auto zone, as it is the most likely thing to change.

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