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Did you replace the battery or is it an old one?

I had similar problems, after I replaced the battery it was at an end. The battery was dead!

Another possibility is that the radio drains it, it happens with a lot of aftermarket units that they drain the battery. Or it could be that your interior lights doesn't switch off. Or that the immobilizer/alarm drains it.

Sometimes the wires get chafed under the carpets or frame, then moisture will enter the wires and "short" down to earth, draining the battery.

If you have access to a multimeter like a fluke 73 or similar, switch everything off in the car, remove the negative battery terminal, turn the tester to the 10A DC range, connect the negative probe to the negative of the battery and the positive probe to the battery cable that you removed (the earth cable - a good earth point on the car will also do) The reading shouldn't be more than about 0.2 to 0.5 Amps (radio backup, alarm/immobilizer, clock etc). If it is bigger, you'll have to remove all the fuses, and take a note when the current drops dramatically. This will indicate which circuit has a problem, from there on it will be easier to find the culprit.

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