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Battery drain my 1997 buick park avenue, battery keeps going dead. about once a week i try to start the car (so it doesnt just sit) and it has to be jump started everytime, each time it seems to be more difficult, so though maybe not just a dead battery? last week i took battery in to be checked and the battery is fine, after it was charged. put battery in car and it started right up, and it started again later that day and a day or two later, now its been about a week and it is dead as a can be. Could it be the alternator that is faulty, or is something possibly draining the battery as it sits in the car, untouched? Any suggestions are appreciated, obviously i am not real mechanically inclined, and dont have a heap of money to take it to the dealer, at least without knowing the potential source. Thanks again (sorry for being a bit wordy).

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Check the (red) + battery cable where it crosses over the metal power steering lines at bottom of radiator....very hard to detect .....over a peroid of time the insulation will wear thru....making contact with steel lines causing a battery drain just as you have indicated...clean cable in this area....use a inspection mirror and a flashlight.....the insulation will be worn off on underside of cable...you will be able to feel worn area with fingers....wrap area well with electrical tape ....Good Luck...

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I would first guess the alternator, have it checked for how much power it is putting out with a meter. If it has to be replaced, it is pretty simple to do so and a cheap one can be bought from a nearby salvage yard. Check out www.car-parts.com for the nearest location of a yard that would have your alternator

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