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It sounds like a parastic draw. Meaning there is a "parasite" or somthing that is taking elctricity when it shouldn't, away from the battery. Like a dome light or a circuit that is normally shut down when the car is off, but the circuit still draw energy.

For me, it was the boot light not shutting off and that drained the power out of the battery overnight. I am fortunate that I can fold down my back seat to check this, not sure how to check in a normal sedan though.

If you cannot find the source of the drain yourself I guess a trip the autoelectrician is in order?

Good luck. JO

This can be pretty easily tracked down. Disconnnect your negative cable from the battery, place a test light or multimeter between them & check for amperage. Start pulling fuses & putting them back in, as soon as the light goes out or the amperage drops you have found your bad circuit, you can then find the exact source from there. Also try pulling bulbs and harness connectors if none of the fuses makes the light go out.


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