Re: starting problems
theres a good reason for the battery drain.
The ECU - is never really offline. I have measured a Bosch ECU in an A4 and it draws 4.5A on connection and drops to 2A constant current when not doing anything. That will run the battery down over time if the car isnt used.
There is a "sleep" mode on most if not all ecu's that the manufacturer can trigger by OBD for long-haul transit of new vehicles - thats the only way to prevent the battery running low when standing, short of disconnecting it but then you need radio codes etc.
Alfagirl, a quickfit or the like can do a discharge test on your battery and see what condition its in, the problem could also be the starter motor brushes, as they do give similar symptoms to a dud battery, the test is switch your interior lights on and try to start the car, a dud battery will dull the lights while it tries to drive the starter. A dud starter wont draw enough current and the lights will stay bright.
Get the same capacity of battery (i.e. 70AH), with the same (round) posts (if it is the battery), and all should be well.
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