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    Some here may know that I have an old (04) Nissan 350z as my gas guzzler of choice. Had her for 10 or so years now.

    I drive about every 6 weeks or so, to visit the parentals, so it was unsurprising the other week when I discovered the battery dead as a dead thing one rainy, windswept morning. Got a new battery fitted at short notice from the lovely chaps at Kwik Fit (my car has a 'special' battery; none of that universal, find one anywhere types common folk have). It seemed plausible that it had died, the last battery change was over 5 years ago.

    Imagine, therefore, my dismay when I pop out to my car three days after the new battery has been fitted to discover it be dead as a dead thing once again.

    Now starts the presumably expensive game of 'find the electrical fault' that is draining the battery.

    Shall I just give up now or fight the good fight for a while longer?
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    did you drive far with the new battery in?
    does it have an alarm system?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BR14 View Post
    did you drive far with the new battery in?
    does it have an alarm system?
    No, only a couple of miles. The chap never said it needed a long drive, or I would have done that.

    Yes, it has an alarm. Never been a problem until now though?

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    Did you leave a small light on inside, e.g. maybe by not closing the boot completely? Been there, done that.

    Or did you drive through a big puddle and a drop of water made a contact on one of the electronic boards that plague modern cars? Done that too.

    Sounds like you need one of these bad boys NOCO Boost Pro GB150 4000 Amp 12V UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter Car Jump Starter for Petrol and Diesel Engines up to 10L. I now have one in the boot of all three of my chronically unreliable cars!

    (I think you can buy a 10000 Amp one, for jump starting tanks and that kind of thing. But 4000 Amps should be enough to be going on with.)

    You'll also need a proper USB charger for it, such as a Sabrent 60W 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub + 3 Smart Charging Ports
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlHoot View Post
    Did you leave a small light on inside, e.g. maybe by not closing the boot completely? Been there, done that.

    Or did you drive through a big puddle and a drop of water make a contact on one of the electronic boards that plague modern cars? Done that too.
    I have done the light thing too. Pretty sure not as I learnt that lesson but I should double check when I get it jump started again.

    No puddles fortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    No, only a couple of miles. The chap never said it needed a long drive, or I would have done that.

    Yes, it has an alarm. Never been a problem until now though?
    take it back to KwickFit and complain vehemently and vociferously.
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    Get the alternator checked (you should be able to find a mobile vehicle electrician quite easily). A replacement will be close to £500 fitted* (although get some quotes and don't go anywhere near the main dealer). It's probably not worth doing, tbh, I'd put the £500 towards something a bit newer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mordac View Post
    Get the alternator checked (you should be able to find a mobile vehicle electrician quite easily). A replacement will be close to £500 fitted* (although get some quotes and don't go anywhere near the main dealer). It's probably not worth doing, tbh, I'd put the £500 towards something a bit newer.

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    I'd give it a good charge first before I started worrying. Either a nice long journey or get a battery charger on it over night.

    Eliminate the battery by starting off from full first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    Are you my Dad? He calls it a Datsun too - I even have a Datsun keyring for it
    I bloody well hope not

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