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#4349 of 5822 dead battery when not driven often
May 21, 2004 (7:01 pm)
i know i must be in the minority but i'm hoping someone here can help me. i don't drive my echo very often and find that the battery dies if i don't start it up for about a week. when the battery is charged, all works fine, including the radio as some have had problems with that. when i turn off the car, i leave on the cruise control, radio and air conditioner but these should not drain a battery in a week, especially when the battery is only 6 months old. twice i have taken it to the dealer and they did an elecrical test but cannot find anything wrong. today the toyota dealer mechanic told me that it is not unusual to get a drained battery if it's not driven for a week but i don't believe this. my mazda protege lasted 3 weeks! any help is welcome! hopefully i can get this fixed before it goes off warranty- it is a 2001 with only 17k miles. also, i do not have an alarm, if that is what you think of first.
(cross-posted to the problems & solutions board)
May 22, 2004 (7:57 am)
Disconnect the negitive terminal of the batttery when you know you wont be driving the car for a week or more. Then reconnect it when you will drive it. If that "fixes" it you electrical drain on the battery somehow. That could be hard to find. You muight try taking the car to a speciality shop. Look in the yellow pages under ALTERNATORS. Good luck and tell us what happens!
May 22, 2004 (7:58 am)
You arent leaving the trunk ajar or the doors ajar are you? There is a lite in the trunk when it opens and the dome light can be set to be on with a door open.
#4353 of 5822 Check engine light on again
May 23, 2004 (6:57 am)
A staffer at the AutoZone store around the corner read the code and told us that the computer was reporting a lean condition. He theorized that either the O2 sensor was going bad or the engine was starved for fuel because of a clogged fuel filter or injector. And sure enough, the engine is holding back from accelerating from time to time.
This ECHO (2000 automatic sedan, 37000 miles) doesn't get out much these except for my girlfriend's commute to and from work, less than four in-town miles each way. I think it may just be crying for more attention.
The last time this car lit up the CEL, the dealership told my girlfriend that I had mis-installed the air filter. (I didn't like that explanation, but it was only the scond time I changed it.) We'll see what happens when we get it checked out. I haven't touched anything under the hood since then.
May 23, 2004 (8:46 am)
Anyone heard of any changes for the 05 ECHO?
Is the hatchback coming to the U.S.?
#4356 of 5822 Check engine
May 24, 2004 (9:40 am)
<the dealership told my girlfriend I had mis-installed the sirfilter>
I dont like that either sounds like pure baloney. I checked my filter a year ago and didnt see a hose come off when I reinstalled it. No check engine light came on.
May 24, 2004 (12:28 pm)
Thanks for the moral support, kneis1. It may be a few days before she can get the car in for an appointment. In the interim, I've poured in a bottle of Chevron Techron fuel system cleaner in hopes of dislodging a clog.
FRAM doesn't even list a fuel filter for the ECHO on their website. Is it attached to the fuel tank or somewhere else that makes it hard on a DIYer?
May 24, 2004 (2:13 pm)
The fuel filter and fuel pump are in the gas tank. They are not difficult to get at but youll have to take up the rear seat. Ill look at my service manual tomorrow and post anything relevent. As I recall replacing the filter is pretty straightforward. (but I might not remember it right!)