1996 Mazda 626 180k - Persistent Beeping & Power problem

Tiny
JLAWLIS
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  • 1996 MAZDA 626
Please help!

I woke up this morning and the battery was dead. I jumped the car and it started right up. I ran it for a while and during that time I noticed the persistent beeping. It's the same sound that it makes when the door is ajar. None of the doors were open. I can close all of the doors and it will continue to beep.
After about 10 minutes of idle, I shut it off and tried to restart. It would not start. The dome light would come on (but seems like it's dying), but otherwise I get nothing. I don't know if the beeping is a clue as to why it won't hold a charge or if it is a separate issue.
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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 AT 3:42 PM

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Tiny
COSMO
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Hmmmm. Try removing the 'Room' fuse in the interior fuse box and see if it is doing the same thing.

Let me know whta it does after that

Cosmo. Mazda TEch
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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 AT 5:02 PM
Tiny
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Okay, I didn't try to remove any fuses because I didn't really have time, but I wanted to see if it would charge if I took it on a little drive.
Once I returned I found that there was a small amount of charge still in the battery, but it didn't appear to have enough juice to turn over. Does this sound like a battery or alternator issue? It seems like it would be an alternator issue, but I'm not sure.
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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 AT 11:33 PM
Tiny
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IT sounds more like a dead batteryto me. Trying to 'charge' a battery with the alt. Is not the proper operation of the alternator. The alt. Only 'tops-up' the battery. It will never bring a totally dead battery back to life.

Try having your battery checked. I bet you will find that one or more of the cells are dead. If so, have it replaced and THEN check the charging system. Checking the charging system with a dead battery will give you false readings about your alternator operation

Cosmo. Mazda TEch
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Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 AT 5:57 AM
Tiny
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Well, I bought a battery charger and tried to charge the battery overnight. Things didn't work out very well. In the morning, I was unable to get the car to start. I jumped it and took it down the the auto shop. They tested the battery and, of course, it was dead. I bought a new battery and installed it in the parking lot. After that, I had them test the battery & the alternator. It looks like the battery was the problem because everything else checked out great.
I know this probably wasn't a very challenging question, but I appreciate the time you took to answer it. I don't have any extra cash right now, but as soon as I get my next paycheck I will be donating to this site. You guys are great!

Thanks for all of your help.
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Friday, February 2nd, 2007 AT 11:50 AM
Tiny
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No problem, glad to help

Cosmo. Mazda TEch
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Friday, February 2nd, 2007 AT 5:46 PM

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