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1997 626 Mystery Short - Killing Batteries
06-01-2017, 02:46 AM
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1997 626 Mystery Short - Killing Batteries
Mazda 626, 1997, LE, 2.5 liter V6, Automatic Trans, 156,000, live in Los Angeles.

Problem: Mystery Short - battery will die if just parked. 2 mechanics, no joy.

1.Took it to get smogged, turned it off for 4 minutes and it suddenly would not start again, jumping did not work, the starter would just click - mechanic #1 said starter was bad, changed.
2. Got it home, a week later the battery was dead.
3. Mechanic #2 examined car and just put in a new battery.
4. Got it home and it died a week later - dead battery.
5. Took it back to Mechanic #2 - he kept it for 2 weeks and said he "checked everything" and could find nothing wrong with the car, it sat for a long time and did not lose power. Installed new battery.
6. Got it home, took the positive terminal off the battery to keep it from murdering the battery (it's not a deep cycle) and posted here.

I don't know what to do about this one. I'm humbly asking for any and all advice here. Stupid question I suppose but: Would it help if I took it to a Mazda specialist instead of just a general mechanic?

Thank You.
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1997 626 Mystery Short - Killing Batteries - Kitfox - 06-01-2017 02:46 AM

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