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So my man was nice enough to get me a 2008 Saturn Outlook back in October 2013. Ever since that time we have had about three issues with the battery. This to me is strange because he has a 2012 Nissan Versa and has not had to replace or deal with the battery at all. Worst part about this battery issue is that I am unable to get into the car because it has a key clicker and I managed to mess up the one key opening mechanism on the car. The whole idea of my man getting me the car was to assist in my job search but how am I to do that with this car being virtually unreliable. Since there is no warning or anything about the battery getting low or anything just one day I go out to get in the car and I can't. Since we put in a new battery in 2014 the last time I couldn't get in the car we jumped it with his versa and it worked fine. We think that something is draining the battery but have no idea what. Also we are poor folk so we do not have warranty's and whatnot. Really we would like to unload this car and just go back to only having his. Anyone interested????? Also the battery seems to die after the car has been sitting parked/undriven for about two or three days, could that be a clue to anything????

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melody23 wrote on January 30, 2015, 5:01 PM

Absolutely not moving the car for a while will flatten the battery - but to be honest it shouldn't be happening that quickly in a car of that age. my current car is a 2004 and I can leave it longer than that without worry. When you run your engine your alternator charges your battery so running the car should keep it charged even if you just go out and turn the engine over every day it might help, just leave it running for a few minutes sitting still or if you want drive round the block. I wonder what could be draining the battery, I assume you have checked that nothing is accidentally being left on? do you have a tracker box in the car? I have heard that some of them can flatten the battery, I have one but mine only runs when the engine is on so the battery is not affected but some of them apparently stay on even if the engine is off which would flatten the battery.

Can you not operate the key clicker at all? or is it only not working when the battery is flat? if you cant operate it at all you might need to reset it, on most cars this is really easy to do, but if its only when the battery is flat then its likely because of the flat battery and there is not much you can do other than keeping the battery charged as much as possible.

Gb1n wrote on January 31, 2015, 12:09 PM

Clicker works fine just not when the battery is dead. Have checked to make sure everything is off in the car and nothing seems to be on yet the battery still dies.

valmnz wrote on January 31, 2015, 2:14 PM

Do you have a friend with a bit of car knowledge to go to for advice? Or can you go back to where you bought it from?

melody23 wrote on January 31, 2015, 3:17 PM

Google it and see if you can find anyone with a similar problem on a forum, worked wonders when I had a rather strange problem with my car. I was able to go to the mechanic and tell him what the fault was - saved me a fortune in diagnostics. In the mean time all I can suggest is to turn the engine on for a few minutes every day, hopefully that will keep it charged until you can actually find out what the problem is.

AliCanary wrote on February 4, 2015, 4:29 PM

Oh, no! I wouldn't trust any GM product. I hope you are able to get your issues resolved with little or no expense to you.

paigea wrote on April 17, 2015, 4:24 PM

My husband sometimes leaves the XM radio system on and that kills the battery if we don't use the vehicle for a few days.

Gb1n wrote on April 17, 2015, 4:38 PM

Thanks for all the advice and suggestions everyone. I think we have resolved the issue because the car sat parked for about a week and started right up. So to me that is problem solved. We suspect the problem was leaving any type of charging device still plugged into the car. Once we unplugged everything we stopped having the issue. So it seems so far so good.