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Battery drain again

Hey folks, just wondering if anyone else has had the same problem and what the solution was! I have a 2010 punto grande 1.4. Itís got about 46.000 miles on the clock. Back in November I had to get a new battery fitted as the battery appeared to be dead. Boxing Day cane and the car wouldnít start again, jump started it and got it to garage where they said it was s faulty battery so they replaced it with a new one. Not even a month down the line and the battery is dead again?! Itís at the point the electric locking system wonít even work. I have not updated any features in the car itís still got its factory fitted sound system etc. Iím a careful owner and ensure everything is switched off when leaving the vehicle. Has this happened to anyone else and could be causing the battery to drain? Unfortunately Iíll have to wait until Monday to get t looked at as the garage is now closed for the weekend.
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Re: Battery drain again

This could be caused by a bad alternator (leaking diode), where positive would go back to ground thru the leaking diode and one of the coil...

You can disconnect the negative port @ the battery and reconnect it THRU a car bulb, if any current circulate, the bulb should lit slightly ... (use low watts bulb)

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Re: Battery drain again

Is it doing short trips?
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Re: Battery drain again

Thank you Bernie, I have no idea what wires are what. Iím usually handy but when it comes to the car Iím clueless!
Since having the battery replaced itís done quite a few long drives but yes yesterday was the last time I used it for a short trip.
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Re: Battery drain again

Look in the mk2 punto section.. GUIDE there for tracing parasitic drains
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Re: Battery drain again

Don't know what wire is what ? Here is the simpliest method:

- turn the car OFF
- disconnect the negative port (toward the front of the car)
- one disconnected, slightly touch the port with the cable's end

There should NOT be any sparks (or very very little). If you get noticeable sparks, there is current flowing from the battery.

BUT: no sparks doesn't mean there is nothing wrong: once you've disconnected the battery, you 've killed ALL the power to ANY device so they're all gone to full rest. It is posssible that one device keeps draining current AFTER reactivation (power ON)...
There is a way to verify this but you'll need some equipment .

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