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Old 04-09-2008, 03:27 PM   #1
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I search the postings and saw that this was a common problem but did not find a solution. 1998 SC2 has a dead battery about once a month. Alternator would put out about 14.5 volts in car. Took Alternator to autozone and they bench tested it ... good voltage but bad bearings ... I replaced alternator with new alternator. Same problem. I charged the battery with a battery charger and it took a charge ... month later I had a dead battery. Autozone checked battery on bench and said it was ok ... month later the battery was dead. I replaced battery with a 7 month old spare battery, it also was a stronger battery. Took car to Autozone and they checked the entire system in the car ... All checked great ... month later the battery was dead. The signs of an electrical problem include: screwy on/off/dim dash lights; rough idle; poor shifting automatic transmission; sometimes doors won't unlock; of course, slow or no cranking. I am guessing it is some kind of battery drain but I do not have a good approach to locating it. Also I live in Cincinnati Ohio and my daughter has this dead car 90 miles way in Columbus Ohio. The battery voltage reads 12.5 Volts when the car is not running and 14.5 volts with the car running so the wires to the alternator must be connected properly. I also cleaned the battery cables.
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Old 04-09-2008, 03:51 PM   #2
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How often is the car driven?

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Old 04-09-2008, 04:03 PM   #3
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In the list ,signs of an electrical problem , are you listing symptoms known.
Or are you saying these things have occurred ,on this car ,while in operation?
The trunk lite would be my best guess ,otherwise .
pull down the back seat to see if it is on ,with the trunk shut.

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Old 04-09-2008, 04:23 PM   #4
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Default Re: Drain on battery?

This may help
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...49#post1146449


Also, make sure that the battery cables are completely tightened as well as clean. Be very careful not to overtighten them.

Check the connections at the other end of the cables as well.


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The signs of an electrical problem include: screwy on/off/dim dash lights; rough idle; poor shifting automatic transmission; sometimes doors won't unlock; of course, slow or no cranking.
Looks like you've been here awhile: You did replace the original ECTS, right?

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Old 04-09-2008, 08:53 PM   #5
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The posting referenced above mensioned pluging a device into the ciggerette (spelling) lighter. This might be a possibility since my daughter is driving the car nowdays. I will check with her. I removed the light in the trunk several months ago. Since the battery problem of yesterday, my daughter started the car (no problem) and drove it to her appartment this afternoon. I will retreve the car from Columbus (90 miles away) in about a week and try to diagnose the problem. Seems odd that electrical problems occured yesterday then she was able to start the car today and drive home.

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Old 04-09-2008, 09:21 PM   #6
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No sure what Dr B is asking about the systoms. Daughter said she was in the car trying to get out when then the door locks failed to open and she was trapped in the car. The brake and antilock started flashing. No other info at this time other than she did eventually did get out of the car and she called me at midnight. Do you think that maybe the electric door lock remained "locking", power on for some reason, that prevented here from getting out?

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Old 04-09-2008, 09:59 PM   #7
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Most cars, with or without electric door locks, still have the lock/unlock tabs/stems by the shoulder portion of the doors, remember? Or else they're buried as a rocker style switch in the door release lever. This reminds me of one of my nephews that grew up with electric door locks. One day the power door locks died and he couldn't open the door and looked at me all puzzled. I firmly stared at him and said "look over your shoulder and PULL UP the lock stem!" Spoiled children. How long do we have to have to hold their hands before they begin to think for themselves?

Does your daughter have a habit of leaving the dome light on or the parking lights on?

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