Vehicle does not start and goes through batteries quickly

Tiny
CSTXKYLE
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  • 1995 FORD EXPLORER
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 195,000 MILES
Runs find for a time then it will not start. Insert key, power engages, and then when I turn the ignition nothing happens. No sound, nothing. All power gone. Sometimes (days) later, either the car starts fine or or I have to replace the battery. I’ve checked the battery, until no start issue, runs at correct power levels, alternator seems fine. I can sometimes disconnect and reconnect battery and it will start fine. Issue will continue off and on until I have replace the battery. Starts fine until it happens again. Can figure it out.
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Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 AT 7:37 PM

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Tiny
KASEKENNY1
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This sounds like you have what is called an ignition off draw issue. Basically something is remaining on that should not draining the battery. The issues you are describing sound like effects of a drained battery.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-dead-overnight

Also, we need to test the alternator. Just because it seems fine doesn't mean it is charging properly.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-alternator

Let's run through these guides and let us know what you find. Thanks
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Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 AT 8:02 PM

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