Battery is always dying after only 1 week

2009 Seat Ibiza Problem

The Problem

Avatar LESLEYJEN
Joined: 1 year ago | Fixes: 1 | Profile
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Since I bought my seat Ibiza, the battery always seems to die so quickly before it was dying after a month or 2 months of no driving, but now just after a week it dies! It is so annoying, I always have to unplug the battery before holiday, or I have to unplug it and charge the battery at home. It is really annoying and I need to have it fixed. It's not a problem with the battery as I keep changing and buying new batteries. I think the car always had this issue.


Car Seat Ibiza
Variant 1.4 Hatchback
Model Year 2009
Category Electrics, ECU, Warnings & Lights

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Solution

Avatar 1/4drive
Joined: 8 years ago | Fixes: 1,862 | Profile

This needs what is known as a parasitic draw test.
There's a number of these on Youtube,
Basically it's testing for current/voltage when the cars off.

Solution

Avatar whittingehame
Joined: 9 years ago | Fixes: 12,010 | Profile

Get your alternator output checked , if faulty it will cause battery drain as power taken from battery when running wont be getting replaced .

Question

Avatar LESLEYJEN
Joined: 1 year ago | Fixes: 1 | Profile

Thanks for your answers! Do you know approximately how much will it cost to check the alternator and to do the parasitic draw test?
How much would it cost to change the alternator, just asking because being a woman sometimes I feel the garage give a higher price!

Solution

Avatar 1/4drive
Joined: 8 years ago | Fixes: 1,862 | Profile

Hmm a bit of a difficult one to answer that.
Well the alternator times out at around an hour if that's the fault.
The draw test depends,
If and I stress if the current draw is there when being tested the all well and good,
But some cars have active modules like the alarm system that doesn't come alive for a certain time.
Best to say an auto spark will start by charging an hours labour to test the charging system and draw test it.
But like I stated if the current draw isn't apparent the time will roll on until it's found.
Electrics can be a pig,
10n hours to find a fault that take ten mins to fix kind of thing!!
But an hours labour is where it will start.
And fingers crossed it will be enough.

Solution

Avatar whittingehame
Joined: 9 years ago | Fixes: 12,010 | Profile

Any fast fit centre or the likes of Halfords should normally carry out this simple test on alternator output while you wait if you ask nicely .Surprised if they would charge you , I never did with any of my customers .

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