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Hello,
We have a 2006 Odyssey with about 80K miles. We had a new battery installed two weeks ago. Battery was dead this morning. The AAA guy said that he analyzed the battery and said the cells were very, very bad. He said some problem with the electrical system was destroying the battery.

I am suspect of this fellow's opinion (he didn't recommend taking it to any place to get it repaired so he did not have an agenda), but if he analyzed it and found it dead after so little time, I am not sure what to do. I don't want to spend many, many hundreds of dollars at a dealership to analysis the problem and (maybe) fix it in the end.

I would be grateful for any advice. Thank you and have a safe and happy New Year!
 

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Update to my Thread

Here is more information. Less than a year ago, we purchased a new battery. Last week, the battery died. Went to Merchants Tire (where battery was purchased). Since it was under warranty, charged us a reduced price. However, the technician suspected an electrical issue because the brake light on the dashboard does not turn off. Today, battery dead again. AAA guy pointed out the same thing about the dashboard brake light. He also hooked up the battery to a diagnostic machine which is how concluded that the short has permanently damaged this 1-week old battery, and that is is not taking a charge any longer.

So, with that clarification, is an electrical problem likely to be the problem with my Odyssey? Have I any choice other than to drop it off at the dealership and be at the mercy of their technicians to fix? Any ideas/insights as to way to avoid being taken to the cleaners by the dealership on this? Thanks!
 

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Don't listen to the AAA guy. Replace the battery with a good one and then have the charging system checked if you don't know how to yourself. Check and make sure no interior lights were left on. Have whoever checks your charging system check the static current. This is the current being drawn from the battery when everything is turned off. After market audio has been a problem on several posts. Probably because the installer hooked to a hot line instead of a switched line. Draining the battery will kill cells. The only other way would be if the charging system wasn't regulating the battery and boiling it which would show up all over the battery compartment. You get what you pay for in a cheap battery.
 

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Ok, I will have the charging system checked and have them check the static current. Something is telling me I shouldn't get the dealership to do this, but perhaps a regular service station or electrical specialist?
 

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I totally agree with William Wiles. You mention you had your last battery last 1 year. If there was an electrical problem, it would have drained that battery in a matter of days. My dealer found my factory battery to be defective after just 2.5 years. You probably just got unlucky and got couple of bad batteries. If you don't know which one to get next time, just go to Walmart and buy their best one their, it's inexpensive and good.
 
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