Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Battery Drains

asked by on

My Battery drains to a point where I can't start it within 3 days. I thought I found the low beam headlamp circuit to have a short but now I am unsure because I can't replicate the amperage drop when I pull that fuse. When the voltage seems to get low my headlights turn on and drain the battery faster.

My car has 175000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hey there: The problem with most electrica...

Hey there:

The problem with most electrical gremlins like you’re experiencing is that’s its very difficult to replicate the issue (especially when you’re trying to solve the problem). The best way to trace this issue sometimes is to get a second option from a professional mechanic by having them complete an electrical problems inspection. This service simply is designed to diagnose the source of the problem; so you or they can make the appropriate repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I am having a chirp/squeak sound coming from my rear end

Hello, thanks for writing in. If the problem occurs as the wheels are spinning then it typically means that something is rubbing. Most of the time this comes from the braking system. It is common for the rear brakes to...

Q: How do I turn on or turn off the compass display?

The compass shows you what direction your car is traveling in. This feature can be turned on or turned off very easily: 1. Press the Up/Down buttons on the steering wheel until Settings is displayed on the instrument panel, then...

Q: engine error codes

Hello. The codes your vehicle is showing are defined as follows: P0123 - Throttle Position Sensor/Accelerator Position Pedal Circuit High Input P2111 - Electronic Throttle Control Unable To Close P2112 Throttle Actuator Control System - Stuck Closed P2122 Throttle/Pedal Position...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...