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On 19/08/2019 at 23:43, Boba Fett said:

I’m no petrol head but I’d say no mate.

Alternator?

No that was replaced and tested. I have a funny feeling it is the starter motor pulling too much power and draining the battery over time, but the garage is saying it was a faulty battery (Which I would understand if it was just the one, but not 5 in a row).

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How old is the car, is it under warranty?

Check the cables to the battery - do they look damaged or corroded?

Are you doing lots of short journeys? The alternator might not be getting enough chance to charge the battery - but if its happening quickly with a brand new battery it sounds like something is draining the battery. Silly question but with it being light nights just now, could there be an internal light on in the car that you havent noticed?

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You can test for a drain by disconnecting your negative cable from the battery and connecting  a 12v test lamp between the end of that cable and the negative battery terminal. If the lamp lights, something is drawing juice when you think you are switched off.  Depending if and what that was, it could help explain things. Bad (corroded) battery connections could impair the charging of the battery.  All based on the alternator testing good and replacement batteries of course.

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14 hours ago, Parcbara said:

You can test for a drain by disconnecting your negative cable from the battery and connecting  a 12v test lamp between the end of that cable and the negative battery terminal. If the lamp lights, something is drawing juice when you think you are switched off.  Depending if and what that was, it could help explain things. Bad (corroded) battery connections could impair the charging of the battery.  All based on the alternator testing good and replacement batteries of course.

I'm no at all up on the mechanics of a car ... or a computer either for that matter (better no' tak this further or dwell on this, or eh'll end up feeling a depressed failure) But I like the logic of your suggestion Parc' & it sounds to me, the way to go. My own vehicle is not used too often, or on long journeys regularly & I ended up replacing the battery. The new battery has never let me down & as said before, my vehicle is used only occasionally.

The idea of 5 new consective batteries does not seem right at all ... I'll be interested to hear the final solution.

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20 hours ago, Sebastiano Nela said:

How old is the car, is it under warranty?

Check the cables to the battery - do they look damaged or corroded?

Are you doing lots of short journeys? The alternator might not be getting enough chance to charge the battery - but if its happening quickly with a brand new battery it sounds like something is draining the battery. Silly question but with it being light nights just now, could there be an internal light on in the car that you havent noticed?

It's not under warranty,

The cables are fine and not damaged or corroded and the connections to the battery are clean with no build up of crap.

The car is used everyday and the garage claims that the alternator and startermoter are good. When this happened to the first battery that is what we thought as well, but the car was last used about 7 pm the night before so no need for any lights.... plus if you leave any lights on there is a warning sound when you open the door that there is a light on.

20 hours ago, dblair said:

You’ve replaced the battery 5 times? 😮

Have the batteries been charged/tested once gone flat? No way 5 batteries would be gubbed in 2 years

Well in honesty, it is just under 3 years, every time that the battery goes flat the garage says that they're dead and they need replaced. The last time it cost us over £90 to get replaced.

19 hours ago, Parcbara said:

You can test for a drain by disconnecting your negative cable from the battery and connecting  a 12v test lamp between the end of that cable and the negative battery terminal. If the lamp lights, something is drawing juice when you think you are switched off.  Depending if and what that was, it could help explain things. Bad (corroded) battery connections could impair the charging of the battery.  All based on the alternator testing good and replacement batteries of course.

The garage as already done this and said that there is nothing on which is draining the battery. We have now booked it in with the Toyota garage instead of using our local garage. Hopefully the can find out the reason why.

5 hours ago, Gedee said:

The idea of 5 new consective batteries does not seem right at all ... I'll be interested to hear the final solution.

So would we bud, so would we!  🤣

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