Having trouble with power drain with ignition off

Asked by Dec 22, 2014 at 06:32 PM about the Datsun 280Z

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1983 Datsun 280ZX.  After sitting for a couple days it will not start.  I have
replaced the battery, had my car checked out by a mechanic who found nothing wrong
such as a bad alternator, etc.  I can jump start it and it will run okay.  Any ideas as to
what the problem might be?  Anyone had this problem before and found out how to fix it?

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Parasitic battery drain... some circuit is staying open after you've turned the engine off and is draining the battery. Lot of articles and videos if you research Parasitic Battery Drain.

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