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Old 12-11-2006, 05:06 PM   #1
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Battery keeps dying. Tried new battery, same thing

The guy who just bought my car called me up yesterday and said the battery died on him overnight.
So, he got a new battery and today it drained again.
The ONLY difference between now and when I had it was I removed my XM Unit from the car, but that was just plugged into the rear cig lighter.
He thinks it's the alternator, but would the car have made the 300 mile round trip without an alternator?
The battery would have died after a few minutes if that were the case
I'm trying to help out as much as I can, the car NEVER had a dead battery during my ownership. Nor has our wagon.
He said he tested the system and there's no trickle
The only thing I know is that the alarm has a service theft message, but that wouldn't kill the battery, would it? Sometimes the thing would go off all night on me, but the battery would never die

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 12-11-2006, 05:13 PM   #2
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Something has to be on somewhere that is drawing from the battery...hatch light etc.
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Old 12-11-2006, 05:19 PM   #3
 
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Ditto on the hatch light....

Or the antenna....


Both are notorious battery drainers...
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antenna?
isn't it built into the rear window?
and what hatch light?
it's a sedan
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Ok, rephrased...trunk light, if the switch is malfunctioning that could very well be the source of his issues.
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:30 PM   #6
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hmm
good point.
I'll have him check, I did pack all the wheels into the trunk, maybe I knocked something off
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:38 PM   #7
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I sent him a link to this thread
hopefully we can help him solve the problem
I don't think it's the alternator.
I just had the car winterized about a month ago and they tested the battery for CCA and they checked the alternator for proper charging. Both passed
the only thing that failed was the coolant, which I had flushed and replaced.
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trunk light turns off when it's shut.
next?
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Check all the exterior lights and other interior lights...have somone sit (still preferably) in the locked car and see if they can see/hear anything...test the alarm system with somone outside the car...you could also try checking the belt...if the alternator pulley shit the bed I suppose it could still be running but not running the alternator.

My bet is that its something stupid that will make you DUH! once you figure it out.
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Old 12-11-2006, 08:24 PM   #10
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yeah, he checked that the alt belt is tight...
I told him to try unplugging the Alarm
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when you turn the car off something you can do is hold down the night panel button for a few seconds. This dissables the majority of the alarm system. If a component of the alarm is causing the drain this may be a temporary remady
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:12 AM   #12
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Chapel thanks agian for this post.
I'm the new owner. the car has been starting reliably the last day (knock on faux wood panels). the only remnant is hte lingering Airbag warning light.. From what i have read this comes on when the battery drops below 8v. is there an easy way to reset this w/o disconnecting the battery for an extended period of time?

thanks for all the suggestions.

I ended up cleaning up the grounds on the negative terminal to the car and it seems to have fixed the charging issue.... for now!
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also if you havent ever had a saab before you can leave the headlights on and when you shut the car off they go off with the car, but if you only have your parking lights on and you shut the car off those lights will stay on and kill your battery.
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