Battery being drawn down and then car won't start

Asked by May 18, 2019 at 10:59 PM about the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu FWD

Question type: General

I noticed that my car won't start after 3
days it starts the day before and then
you go out there and in the battery is
dead it won't start

2 Answers


unhook one battery lead wire each day ! or look for what is staying on when shutdown door lights, trunk light,glove box light if the unhooking the battery and it holds a charge then you know it is not a shorted battery plate and is the car


Any battery in usable condition should last much longer than three days. go to a car parts store and have the battery and alternator checked, probably free. I suspect you either have a dying battery or a defective alternator failing to recharge. If they are OK, you have a parasitic voltage loss. It acts like a switch that's stuck closed and can be caused by a failing device or an electrical short; this drains the battery rapidly. To find this, a mechanic will test each circuit by fuse until he finds the system draw, and then he'll follow the conductors until he finds the culprit. It's a slow and arduous task.

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