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The battery on my 2006 viper goes dead sitting in a heated garage in 7 days. The battery is new. fully charged. the used car dealer says that the car takes so much battery energy that it must be driven a distance each time it is started. my battery completely drains sitting still. even the fob won't work it is so dead. Is there a "common" cause for an ongoing electrical drain in these cars. I bought is used, 32000 miles. have put 45 miles on it.

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You have a current draw, so you need to isolate the problem. It could be bad diode(s) in the Alternator, but it could also be something else.

If you don't already have one, I would get a DC AMP Clamp Meter (around $50 from Sears) connect it and take note of the current draw reading. Then start pulling fuses one at a time until the current draw goes away. Once you have isolated the fuse that made the draw go away, find a wiring diagram (there might be one here

Then reinstall the fuse and start unplugging items on that circuit until you find the culprit.
hope this helps!

Posted on Nov 14, 2014

You need to have that issue diagnosed

You were told a bunch of bull

May have a relay or module that doesn't time out

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