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Well I replaced the terminals and everything has been fine - until now. The car hasn't been driven since Tuesday but suddenly yesterday, my wife needed to go out and the car was completely dead. My initial thought was that 40 amp fure connection under the bonnet but it turned out that it was fine and that the battery was only reading 2 volts.

However, it's a brand new battery from December. I have checked other postings on this website. I have run an amp check and it's reading 0.077 amps with all lights off. If I turn on the courtesy light it goes up to 1.1 odd so I reckon my amp testing is correct.

The Alternator seems OK because it outputs about 14.5 when the car is running.

Has anyone any ideas ?

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Check the condition of the earth straps esp where they connect to the body (corrosion) there should be a couple, one from the battery or the junction near it to the body and one from the engine block to the chassis/body, not sure of the exact position on a Senic1, also check the light in the boot and glovebox incase they are staying on.

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Hi Champion - I'm no auto-spark but I think your drain of 77miliiamps is too much - I think it should be in the order of 15 milliamps. Check all outlets are not in use (especially check if a mobile phone charger has been left connected). I had similar problem with an Astra I owned and after many hours of hunting I found the radio was faulty and was drawing excess current. It is also a possibility the battery has gone duff and would need to be load tested to check it out. How I was able to trace the fault was disconnecting the positive terminal of the battery and connecting my meter between the battery and the positive lead and then withdrawing each fuse in turn until I was able to determine which circuit was drawing the excess load. Hope this helps.
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