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We have a 2008 kia that will not hold a battery charge . Have replaced the battery repeatedly. The dealer tells me that with today's on board electronics the vehicle needs to be driven for a trip of 40-45 minutes on a regular basis to fully charge the battery...so that the battery will hold a charge. This just does not make sense to me. All around me are other owners of recent year cars who do not have to do this. Like me they just use the vehicle for runs to the store or to work....10, 15 or 20 minute jaunts and they have no problem with the car not starting because of a dead battery. Please help.

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Agree, you probably have a short. Yes, there are more doohickies these days, but they are all designed to draw minimal current if the car is off. Is the car still under warranty? Even if it is, you may need to provide a little proof before they will face up to the warranty. If you are willing to do a little troubleshooting, please see my tip at http://www.fixya.com/cars/r5925550-dead_battery_troubleshooting . These are generic instructions. If you get stuck or need specific instructions for your car, please get back to me with model, year and engine info.

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