Originally Posted by mchammer187
I replaced my battery a couple weeks ago and have been having problems weak starting ever since. The battery was 7 years old so I figured it was toast when my car failed to start.
I know that my alternator is putting out 14.0 -> 14.2 voltages while my car is running because the onboard computer tells me that much. I've tested with lights radio ac blinkers on and it still maintains 14.x volts with the car running
I took the battery to auto zone (where I got the new battery) and they load tested itbattery and it tested fine (after it was charged). After they charged up the battery to full it did not start weak at all but after letting the car sit for a couple days the problem came back.
So I am thinking bad alternator diode or some other source of parasitic drain. I don't have tools but will get them if an alternator change is in order.
If your alternator still shows 14 volts when car is running, all electric stuff on the car works with no sighns of problems when engine on. If you can drive for at least 1 hr with headlights on, and their brightness is not lower after hour with engine on. Than you shut down engine and youre able to start it right back up you shouldnt suspect your alternator. If your old batery was starting the car beter and new one feels weaker, you posibly bought badly remanufactured battery. Which is in worth condition than your old one. If your car doesnt start after siting for a while with everything off, something is draining your battery while it seems to be off. But dont worry there is an easy way to find whats draining. 1) You need amp meter or multimeter with apm meter function, and little plastic tool for puling circut brakers out. 2) Shut down your car. Turn off all electrical equipment, including anything custom on a car or even phone charger. Make sure your doors and trunk are closed and none of the bulbs are lid. 3) Disconnect one of your batery cables from the battery port. 4) Connect one wire of your amp meter to that battery port and another to disconnected from it cable. (Make sure you dont open your dor or dont turn anything on in a car at this point, since it might burn your amp meter.) 5) read how many amps your car drains when everything off. 6) Start puling circut brakers, one by one and watch for amp meter reading changes. When you pull one of the fuses your amps should drop significantly to near zero. (If your fuses are inside the car you can leave windows open ahead of time and get in thru the window. Or leave door open but reliably block the door buton which switches the lights on. Dont forget to place amp meter where you can see it while its reliably connected the neeaded way) 7)When found,fuse that drps amperage to near zero Look what is that circut braker for and look for problems in that component. For example i found in my cadillac that my power seats draining my batt when the car just sits there. I didnt look for problems but just kept that circut braker out. Seats was set for me anyway. And my battery stopped dieing on me even after few weeks siting. If you have fuses under hood try them too. Good luck