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Dead battery after 4 or 5 days of not driving it

Hello everyone, I have a '05 Colorado LS Z75 Crew Cab. Since day 1 the battery goes dead after 3 or 4 days with not driving the truck since I also own a Chevy Aveo to buzz around town, as soon as I jump the battery, the truck starts and the door locks and the driver's widows don't work for a couple of hours up to three days then starts working again. I took the truck to the dealer for a couple of times for the same reason and they just only swap the battery for a new one but this doesn't seem to be the reason for the failure (in fact, they swapped the battery 3 times). The last time I went to the dealer for same reason, the kept the truck for two days and they said that there was some aftermarket device (such as radar detector or portable GPS) that I had in the car was draining the battery, I took the truck home and disconected all the devices and charged the battery all night long, then didn't drive the truck for 4 days and it happened again!! Dead battery!!! It looks that something is wrong with the electric system and of course dealer don't want to deal with it. Any ideas? Thank you [/b]

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There was another member here with an '08 that the dealer discovered there was a 5 amp draw AFTER they removed the fuse box. After their research, they found that the cable going from the battery to the alternator was resting on the alternator housing and causing an inductive draw. Once the cable was re-routed the draw was gone.

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I checked the wire that goes to the alternator and seems not touching anything on it. I also disconnected all after market devices including the HU and fully charged the battery to see what happens. I'm going to let it sit all day long. I'll post what happened.

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OK, I let the car sit for the whole day with the battery charged, all devices disconnected and stock radio back in the slot, after all day long without driving it...still I got a dead battery. I also checked the wire that goes from the battery to the alternator and everything looks good...What else could be?

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I suggest doing more than just looking.

Bust out the multimeter. It may look ok but its not.
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The multimeter is fine because I have 2 and they show the same digits when reading. I will disconnect a cable that is running from the battery to the amplifier which is behind the backseat. That's the only option that I just thought. I will update tomorrow and see what happens.

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If your battery was charged and everything disconnected, did you have the positive and negetive cables off of the battery? If so you have bad cell in the battery, if not check the link on the second post in this thread. The wire doesn't have to touch anything for an inductive load.

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The multimeter is fine because I have 2 and they show the same digits when reading. I will disconnect a cable that is running from the battery to the amplifier which is behind the backseat. That's the only option that I just thought. I will update tomorrow and see what happens.
You never said you used a multimeter. Just looked.
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The multimeter is fine because I have 2 and they show the same digits when reading. I will disconnect a cable that is running from the battery to the amplifier which is behind the backseat. That's the only option that I just thought. I will update tomorrow and see what happens.
You never said you used a multimeter. Just looked.
You mention it (the multimeter) in your first post, that's why I confirm it Dillusion. but thanks for the note, I just came up with a second idea after checking the wires. :) .

Right now the battery is fully charged (again !!) this time I will disconnect the battery from the system and see if it discharges by itself as Randy suggested and see what happens, if the battery goes dead, definitely I have a bad cell. but if this hypothesis is true, then coould it be possible that three brand new batteries have a bad cell? I know that there is something in the car that is drawing power from the battery and killing it. I'll keep you updated.

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Yes its possible that all your batteries have dead cells. Chevy keeps giving them POS's in our trucks. If it is a dead cell I suggest an Optima.
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Yes its possible that all your batteries have dead cells. Chevy keeps giving them POS's in our trucks. If it is a dead cell I suggest an Optima.
Ok Dillusion, thanks for your advice, I just want to kill options before I buy a battery. You said that Optima is a good brand? can I buy it with more amps that the stock one?

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My truck does the same thing. I drive an 05 Z71, but mine usually does it after I drive it for a while then let it sit. I go out, hit the keyless and the doors unlock, dome light comes on, turn the key and everything dies. I just pop the hood wiggle the negetive cable and everything comes back. The drivers side window and power locks are the BCM going into "self protect mode." My problem seems to be either just a lose cable or terminal, so I need to figure that out also. It could be something as simple as one of your terminal cables.
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I put a new Optima in mine on 31 Dec. Yesterday the truck was dead. Jumped it and driving to dealer discovered that the DS window and door locks were not working. This is the first time this has happened. It is still at the Dealer. Will advise what they find out. By the way the Dealer is excellent. They are a no BS dealer.

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The BCM is in self protection mode and that is why your door locks and DS window don't work...... Plenty of commentary about it on here.

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I just measured the battery after leaving it disconnected and charged the reading show low voltage, means that the battery is bad, I connected a good battery that was in my other car (an '06 Chevy Aveo) the truck started with no problem, I'm going to leave the good battery hooked for at least 2 or 3 days in a row and no driving the truck to see if still the good battery discharges. I'll keep you updated.

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This happened to my truck.. Dead battery after 4 or 5 days of not driving. Replaced the battery and the door locks, windows, and windshield wipers wouldnt work. Took it to the dealer and they only fixed the windows and door lock problem. Wipers and Washer Fluid still not working. Dealership stated they never looked at that. So now I guess I gotta find some time to take it back AGAIN to get the wipers to work.. or is there something else I can try?

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This happened to my truck.. Dead battery after 4 or 5 days of not driving. Replaced the battery and the door locks, windows, and windshield wipers wouldnt work. Took it to the dealer and they only fixed the windows and door lock problem. Wipers and Washer Fluid still not working. Dealership stated they never looked at that. So now I guess I gotta find some time to take it back AGAIN to get the wipers to work.. or is there something else I can try?
Has anyone tried disconnecting the battery and turning the car to on? This works for computer when a surge or outage hits and they don't power back on. The best way I can describe this is that power is somewhere it isn't supposed to be and by turning it on with the power disconnected it is able to fully drain out of the system.

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This happened to my truck.. Dead battery after 4 or 5 days of not driving. Replaced the battery and the door locks, windows, and windshield wipers wouldnt work. Took it to the dealer and they only fixed the windows and door lock problem. Wipers and Washer Fluid still not working. Dealership stated they never looked at that. So now I guess I gotta find some time to take it back AGAIN to get the wipers to work.. or is there something else I can try?
Driver's side window and power locks come back after a couple of hours or 1 or 2 days due to the BCM protection mode when there is not enough power in the system and it is normal for the window and locks stop working after trying to start the engine. About your windshield wipers maybe is a fuse or things happen...motor blown.

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Ended up that the dealership must of pulled some fuses, and they put the windshield wiper/washer fuse back in the wrong place. After correcting this, and disconnecting my negative terminal for about 2 hours, the problem was fixed.. My dealership has a terrible service dept... I'll never buy a vehicle there again.

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After 2 days of being connected, the good battery got discharged to a low level. I guess I have a lemon truck and tomorrow I am going to the dealer to discuss this topic. This issue I have had it since day one as I mention in my first post and it has been in the shop for more than three times for the same reason. I have no warranty at this moment since I got 50000 miles and as you know warranty in these trucks are up to 36000 miles. I will see what happens and keep you updated.

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