Battery draining when it is cold.

I am having issues with some sort of parasitic draw on my battery when it is cold. Have replaced batteries and done 2 system checks. Alternator, starter are fine as well. I do have an after factory remote start system that I was told to have removed just in case at the tune of $350. I am not wanting to pay that if it happens to not be the culprit. Then I am still stuck with an issue and out that $.

I have been doing some reading and have removed the sliding door, condenser fan relay and clutch relay fuses. By removing these (an not replacing a new fuse), will this aid in letting me kn

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To find the source of the parasitic draw, a proper test must be performed on the vehicle. The test includes using a multi-meter to measure system load while removing fuses or relays. If the system load changes dramatically after removing a fuse or relay, you have found the circuit where the parasitic drain is occurring and will be able to check further to find the actual component along the circuit causing the problem. Consider hiring an experienced technician like one from YourMechanic who can come out and perform the parasitic drain test to offer a more personal diagnosis and estimate on the repairs.

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You can avoid parasitic drain on your battery by unplugging optional equipment such as cell phones and chargers when you park your vehicle for the night. You can also turn off every light in your vehicle and make sure that your trunk, glove box and doors are all fully closed and latched before leaving your vehicle.
Some check parasitic drain directly at the battery with a digital ammeter and a test switch. Others do it by clipping an inductive current clamp around a battery cable. If the drain is excessive, the most common way of isolating the cause is removing one fuse at a time.
The most common causes of excessive parasitic drain include faulty relay switches, malfunctioning alternators, damaged wiring or connections, and electronic devices left connected or powered on when the vehicle is off.
This can happen if you have a faulty alternator or belt or if there is too much resistance in the charging system. Another reason your Honda Accord battery might be dying is that it`s old and has reached its end, meaning it won`t hold a charge anymore.
Why does the cold drain battery power? Most batteries work through an electrochemical reaction, which sends power signals to your terminal ends. This chemical reaction slows down in colder weather, weakening your battery`s power.
Why Your Car Battery Keeps Dying. While car batteries slowly die over time, high heat, brutal cold, excessive use of vehicle accessories (after-market equipment), and other mechanical issues can shorten the life of even the toughest battery.
“Typically, the normal amount of parasitic draw is between 50 and 85 milliamps in newer cars and less than 50 milliamps for older cars.” A parasitic draw above this threshold is considered excessive. Over time, excessive drain can stress your battery, drawing it down quicker and shortening its life.
The ignition relay is essentially an electrical device that works as a switch for the power to the ignition system. Its job is to make sure electricity flows from the battery to the different components that need power. A bad relay will drain your battery and make it difficult to start the ignition.
Electrical devices or lights left running, a defective charging system or alternator, and extreme weather are some common reasons but maybe it`s just time to get a new battery.”
If the parasitic draw is 60 milliamps, that means it will discharge the batteries at a rate of 1.44 Ah per day (. 060 x 24 hours).
“Typically, the normal amount of parasitic draw is between 50 and 85 milliamps in newer cars and less than 50 milliamps for older cars.” A parasitic draw above this threshold is considered excessive. Over time, excessive drain can stress your battery, drawing it down quicker and shortening its life.
While there is no single solution for all Honda Civic battery drain problems, the most common cause is a bad alternator. If you`re seeing your battery light come on while driving—and before you parked—you could need a new alternator.
“Typically, the normal amount of parasitic draw is between 50 and 85 milliamps in newer cars and less than 50 milliamps for older cars.” A parasitic draw above this threshold is considered excessive. Over time, excessive drain can stress your battery, drawing it down quicker and shortening its life.
It`s easy: mix and dissolve Epsom salt and distilled water in the proportion 1/3. The issue can be resolved by adding the solution to the battery cells at the battery terminal until the plates are covered by 1/4 to 1/2.

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Battery drains quickly, New battery,Heavy drain, Replaced alternator , drain still there,goes away when bat. main 2 fuse is pulled
ANSWER : Hi there. It’s quite possible that you have one of two things causing the drain to the battery. First, you have a bad ground somewhere in the main relay or fuse box or an exposed wire somewhere that is not allowing the circuit to complete from the alternator to the battery. This can cause a battery draining issue as you’re describing, but it could also be one of multiple other electrical problems. The best way to pinpoint the exact source is to have a professional mobile mechanic come to your location and complete a battery will not hold a charge inspection.

I have Chrysler 300c. Battery light came on, changed battery and alternator but power still getting drained and battery light still comes on.
ANSWER : Hi, thanks for writing in. This may be a sign of a failing starter relay. The starter relay is a small unit near the starter that directs power to the starter from the battery. When this fails, it may cause a clicking sound and will not allow the starter to engage the flywheel when you turn the key. I would suggest having a professional from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose your starting issue to determine the solution to get you back on the road.

Battery light stays on and overnight battery drain. 2006 Land Rover LR3
ANSWER : Hi there – yes, something is going on here that’s draining your battery. Perhaps the pressure of the engine wash dislodged wiring which has shorted, or there was a chemical reaction to the cleaning solution that caused electrical damage in the alternator or voltage regulator. These componnents can be checked off of the vehicle. Vehicle wiring can be diagnosed by connecting an ammeter to the positive (red) battery cable, observe the current drain (likely less than 1 amp), then, one at a time, remove each fuse, check to see if the current drain has dropped to near 0, then reinsert the fuse. This process should identify the faulty circuit in most cases. The specific components on that circuit can then be checked for current drain problems. A professional mechanic, like YourMechanic, can come to your location, and perform this procedure for you, and replace/repair the failing component.

Battery light stays on and overnight battery drain. 2006 Land Rover LR3
ANSWER : Hello – this problem can be diagnosed by connecting an ammeter to the positive (red) battery cable, observe the current drain (likely less than 1 amp), then, one at a time, remove each fuse, check to see if the current drain has dropped to near 0, then reinsert the fuse. This process should identify the faulty circuit in most cases. The specific components on that circuit can then be checked for current drain problems. A professional mechanic, like YourMechanic, can come to your location, and perform this procedure for you, and identify, replace or repair the failing component.

Auxiliary battery draining the hybrid battery
ANSWER : Auxiliary batteries can take awhile before symptoms may be noticed on a Prius. This is due to the hybrid system powering many of the components. In this vehicle the auxiliary battery is mainly used for starting. It could cause problems if not installed properly.

I’d recommend getting some help from qualified technician who will be able to diagnose the source of your battery issue and assist you with any repairs that may be necessary.

I got a new battery new alternator put in but my battery just gets drained I keep having to buy new batterys
ANSWER : This may be a sign of a failing voltage regulator or potentially a bad grounding problem causing a draw on the system. The voltage regulator is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the alternator. Often times this will result in the alternator allowing too much power to be delivered to the battery resulting in damaging wires and prematurely sometimes destroying the battery. In other cases it may result in the alternator not supplying enough power to the battery, resulting in undercharging the battery or not charging it at all. In either case, I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose your vehicle’s charging system.

The battery keeps getting drained and dying out
ANSWER : Hello. It is possible that the your 2003 Lexus SC430’s computer is draining the battery during the time that it is not being driven. It is never a good idea to let a car sit for extended periods of time without the engine being run or driven.

If this problem only happens after the car has been sitting for a week or so, this may be caused by something else. Running the engine or driving the car may solve the problem. If it does not, it is also possible that there is a problem with the electric/charging system of your car. If the alternator is faulty and overcharging the battery, it may cause the battery to lose its charge faster than it should. Have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, come and complete an inspection of the electric system in order to properly diagnose your problem and make the necessary repair.

my battery kept draining until i bought a new alternator and battery. i have tightened the belt on the alternator but it still die
ANSWER : Hi there. The best way to diagnose why a battery would constantly drain is to review it’s job and how it is recharged. The battery is responsible for powering all electrical systems until the vehicle is started. At this point, the alternator takes over and also continually charges the battery while the vehicle is in use. A battery will drain when one of two things occurs. First, a battery will drain if it is constantly in use; supplying power to an electrical component even if the key is not in the ignition. Second, the battery will eventually die if the battery is not being charged frequently. However, since this is happening every two days, my initial thought would be that some electrical component on your 86 Olds is continuing to draw power from the battery. This is known as a parasitic drain. The best way to determine the source of this battery issue is to have one of our professional mobile mechanics come to your location and complete a battery will not hold a charge inspection.