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The 12 volt battery(LUCAS 065/3) on my FORD FIESTA 1100cc is 4 years old, in that time i have only driven 1,600 miles as my journeys are usually very local. I make sure i use the car twice a week to keep it ticking over. Last week (Sat) i went on a round trip of 20 miles in traffic. The next day (Sun) when i went to start the car nothing happened it was dead flat. I removed the battery charged it for 3 hours only. The car started first time, i then drove 1 mile parked for 4 hours and drove back home 1 mile. The next day (Mon) thebattery was dead flat again,so i re-charged it for 15 hours, following the instructions on my charger. (Tue) it started straight away i drove it 1 mile, parked for 6 hours, then drove home but when i tried to start the car on (Wed) it was dead flat again. I have just re-charged the battery over night. Started the car. I have undone the terminals to the battery to see if the charge drains out of the battery without it being attached to the car.

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Running so few miles has accelerated the aging of the battery - the battery never had a chance to fully recharge in such small trips -  so now you have to replace it a year sooner than usual.
Just replace it.

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    Bryon Nagle Apr 22, 2014

    make sure every thing is off in the car could be draining the battery



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