My 1998 Nissan sentra keeps discharging. Changed three new batteries, the alternator is good. What could it be ?

Update:

And it doesn't discharge at night. It discharges while driving. 

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  • M.
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    It's clearly NOT the battery. 

    Question 1:  What is the battery voltage with the engine idling and the headlights on? 

    -General automotive mechanic since 1972

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  • 2 months ago

    a short / leakage in the system

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  • 2 months ago

    Take the negative battery cable off at night. If it starts the next day when it has not been starting you either have a bad alternator, bad battery, or a voltage draw.

    Go to Advance Auto and they will test the battery and charging system for free.

    Source(s): Mitsubishi Master Tech
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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Discharging when not being driven? Look for a courtesy light in the trunk, under the hood or inside the glove box that isn't turning off when it should. I had a car with that problem and it was the light in the glove box. Dealer changed three batteries and two alternators before I found the problem. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Get a clamp ammeter or a regular ammeter and CHECK for a drain current on the battery when the key is out of the ignition and all the lights off and doors closed.  Drain current should be less than 50mV.  Wait for about 2 hours before  doing the test after shutting down the engine.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF1gijj03_0

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  • 2 months ago

    Dr. Answers MD, Ph.D, APNP, PA-C, DO here to answer your question. Around this point in a car's life, it starts coming of age. It starts noticing other mufflers, tailpipes, and growing it's own spark plug. Sometimes at night, it may have thoughts and dreams of other cars (known as oil leaks). In time, it will pass. Until then, sorry about the awkward boners. The more you know.

    • M.
      Lv 7
      2 weeks agoReport

      This is not the humor category.

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  • Ron
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    A parasitic drain and an idiot owner

    • Eastside Guz
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      You have an electric drain somewhere, time to get a (private) auto electrician to trace it.

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