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My brother has 2001 kia spectra, the battery goes

My brother has 2001 kia spectra, the battery goes dead twice a week. He just put a new battery in and still the same problem. He says it only happens when it's warm during the day then cold at night, tries to start in the morning and it's dead

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There is probably a weak diode in the alternator; this will cause the battery to drain slowly and will often not turn on the indicator on the dashboard.
If you want to get your hands dirty, remove the negative battery cable first (always!) Remove the heavy lead from the alternator terminal that goes to the positive terminal of the battery. Reconnect the negative battery terminal.
If the car starts mornings, a bad alternator is pretty much confirmed but you can't drive real far with no alternator to charge the battery.
Any chain auto parts store will test your alternator free but I don't know if that is in or out of the car.
BTW, you can buy a digital meter for under $20 many places today and most will have a 10 ampere range that will allow you to check for a current drain of the kind you now have which is probably under the 10 amps.
One final item; recently the courtesy light switch on the passenger side rear door of my wife's Jeep recently decided to not quite reach anymore and the battery was drained twice before I noticed that 'door ajar' light was telling us that in advance. Even an amp or two will drag a battery down given time.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010

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Sounds like 1) something is on when everything should be off or 2) that the battery is not being recharged as it should by the alternator. For 1) switch engine off and disconnect the postive lead from the battery and connect a ammeter between the battery and the postive lead. Read the current drain when ever switch is off. Remove and replace the fuses one at a time but each time each fuse is out read the drop in current on the ammeter. A marked drop in current identifies the circuit, corresponding to its fuse, that has been consuming power when the car is switched off. From what you have said it could be an electrical drain through the cooling or air conditioning fan....these would only be used on warm days and if left on with some kind of fault this would cause the battery to drain over night. The alternative to a power drain is the failure to recharge the battery by the alternator. This is perhaps best checked by an auto electrician

Posted on Apr 24, 2010

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