I have a 2005 Honda Element. The battery goes dead after about 6-7 days of not driving it. Has anyone experienced this? Any suggestions?


Asked by Oct 03, 2014 at 09:56 PM about the 2005 Honda Element EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Battery goes completely dead after 6-7 days of vehicle sitting.  It is not the battery.   I can't figure out what is causing the battery to drain.

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Battery will drain over time. You have other things running when the car is not running. For example anti theft radio clock etc. They all take power. The only way a battery charges is if you start the car or you put it on a charge. 2 amp charge if you're going to sleep 12 amp if you want a quick charge. If you leave it on 12 amp for long enough the battery will overheat and blow.


Go to youtube and type in "parasitic draw test". There is a great video that will give you step by step instructions on how to pinpoint your parasitic draw.

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Reeline69 don't run your car for 6-7 days tell me what happens, I agree you can run a parasitic draw test but it only applies if you drive your car every day. If you drain a battery a few times it will not hold charge you need to load test it if it passes then you look at the car. After 5-7 days all batteries will drain much faster in cold weather. 2 amp charge will keep it up.


The only time my batteries have gone dead about every 3 years after a really cold night (for South Florida).


I have this issue too- brand new battery and it is drained completely. I read this on another forum- the factory amp is draining the battery. I need to take it in and check for sure. I've had two brand new batteries slowly and quickly drained because of the issue. http://honda-tech.com/audio-security-video-27/honda-element-factory- speaker-amp-defect-causes-battery-drain-2781581/

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