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1970 impala...battery dies if i dont start it everyday.

if i start and drive the car everyday there is no problem. two days sitting and poof batttery drained. its not the alternator. "someone" said it might be a short, how do i find a shortor any other of his little friends

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Do you have any additions to the stock configuration..... stereo, amp, alarm, lights? Does it have courtesy lights in the trunk, under hood, glove box that might not be turning off due to the bracket holding the switch breaking or bending out of alignment.
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First.....Get the battery checked......might be cooked and wont hold a charge
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X2 check the battery then if it's good check for the drain.JMO


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you can try unhooking the battery after you park it. Then after 2 days if it is dead that would be a pretty good indication the battery has no reserve left (worn out) if the car still starts then something is draining the battery (acting like something left on) the glove box light or the trunk light could be the problem, or an aftermarket stereo that has developed a problem. The alternator could also cause this problem even though it charges the battery OK.
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if i start and drive the car everyday there is no problem. two days sitting and poof batttery drained. its not the alternator. "someone" said it might be a short, how do i find a shortor any other of his little friends
Sounds like you've bought a real bomber. Front end is out of whack, needs new wheels, paint is wrong color, and the battery is worn out.

Can you drive it?

If so, next time you get it started, take it to Auto Zone or the equivalent and they will do a test on the battery condition for free.
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Any luck on getting it fixed?
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logic-ali,

To find an electrical draw on the battery you will need to disconnect one terminal from the battery. Then connect one lead of a volt meter to the battery post and the other lead to the battery cable. If the meter reads negative volts reverse the leads. There should be zero voltage reading until you turn something on. If you have a reading and everything is off then there is a draw on the battery. So you want to think of accessories that would be on even with the key in the off position and disconnect them one at a time until you have a zero reading on the meter. Like brake lights, head lights, alarm system........

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logic-ali,

To find an electrical draw on the battery you will need to disconnect one terminal from the battery. Then connect one lead of a volt meter to the battery post and the other lead to the battery cable. If the meter reads negative volts reverse the leads. There should be zero voltage reading until you turn something on. If you have a reading and everything is off then there is a draw on the battery. So you want to think of accessories that would be on even with the key in the off position and disconnect them one at a time until you have a zero reading on the meter. Like brake lights, head lights, alarm system........

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If you don't have a volt meter you can remove the neg. cable and hold it in one hand and touch the post on the battery with the other.......................
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We have an Audi who´s battery discharged in the car over three days.
I took it out and charged it.

I installed my spare battery in the Audi.

Audi starts everytime no problem with my spare.

The original battery is still in my garage fully charged no loss.

Electricity.............. work.
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im going to try this this weekend thanks

this dude knows his stuff thanks
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logic-ali,

To find an electrical draw on the battery you will need to disconnect one terminal from the battery. Then connect one lead of a volt meter to the battery post and the other lead to the battery cable. If the meter reads negative volts reverse the leads. There should be zero voltage reading until you turn something on. If you have a reading and everything is off then there is a draw on the battery. So you want to think of accessories that would be on even with the key in the off position and disconnect them one at a time until you have a zero reading on the meter. Like brake lights, head lights, alarm system........

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yup it runs

bought it for $2000 and drove it home 80 miles that day.. i went 100 the whole way no problem.
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Sounds like you've bought a real bomber. Front end is out of whack, needs new wheels, paint is wrong color, and the battery is worn out.

Can you drive it?

If so, next time you get it started, take it to Auto Zone or the equivalent and they will do a test on the battery condition for free.
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bought it for $2000 and drove it home 80 miles that day.. i went 100 the whole way no problem.
100 km ph ?
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100 mph

im from cali

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100 km ph ?
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Sounds like an open short somewhere, like something is constantly draining the battery.
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