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I purchased a certified preowned 2015 Nissan Versa Note in Aug. 2016. The first year I had no problems with the car. The Nissan dealer replaced the dead battery on Jan.2,2018. The car was still under warranty so I didn't pay anything for the battery.

One year later, the battery would not stay charged and I was told it was due to short trips. I had a new Interstate battery put in on Jan 11,2019. I purchased a Schumacher battery charger/maintainer to see if it helps to keep the battery charged. I live in Minnesota and it gets cold.(no garage)

I have friends that park outside and don't drive much more than I do and their cars start.

Does anyone else have this issue?
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I purchased a certified preowned 2015 Nissan Versa Note in Aug. 2016. The first year I had no problems with the car. The Nissan dealer replaced the dead battery on Jan.2,2018. The car was still under warranty so I didn't pay anything for the battery.

One year later, the battery would not stay charged and I was told it was due to short trips. I had a new Interstate battery put in on Jan 11,2019. I purchased a Schumacher battery charger/maintainer to see if it helps to keep the battery charged. I live in Minnesota and it gets cold.(no garage)

I have friends that park outside and don't drive much more than I do and their cars start.

Does anyone else have this issue?
If your "short trips" are about 3 city blocks, and you never go any further, I think that there is the possibility of the battery being run down, but under normal driving distances, that battery should stay charged. See how the new battery does, and if it goes dead, then I would say that your have a weak or bad alternator, or a parasitic electrical drain that is causing your battery to go dead.
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I think you are right. I drive short trips a lot. 5 min to work and shop locally, etc. Do you think the battery maintainer will help?
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I think you are right. I drive short trips a lot. 5 min to work and shop locally, etc. Do you think the battery maintainer will help?
Absolutely, but if the battery goes dead using the maintainer, then you may have to do some further investigation as to the cause. Good luck!!!
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Thank you for your help.
I've had it in the shop a couple times and they couldn't find any draw on the battery . Everything tests to be in good shape. I'm going to have to start driving a lot more.
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Thank you for your help.
I've had it in the shop a couple times and they couldn't find any draw on the battery . Everything tests to be in good shape. I'm going to have to start driving a lot more.

If you had everything else tested, then I would feel confident that the battery charger/maintainer will keep your battery up to snuff.
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One year later, the battery would not stay charged and I was told it was due to short trips.
It is indeed due to short trips.
Between starting the car and using the electrical accessories, you are not letting the alternator properly charge the battery with short trios.
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Thank you..
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'...don't drive much more than I do...'

If the short trips are tied to lots of car sitting then much worse. Modern computer cars switch off all the power they can once the car sits a bit but you still eat a certain small amount of power keeping all the things alive that require powered memory like the ECM, that slowly kills the battery and short trips do not restore that.

I found when I was in parts that cars that sit tend to kill batteries in only a couple of years even if the batteries were the extreme 6 year warranty ones, they just cannot take it. There were a whopping amount of collector car guys where I worked at.

The battery charges a LOT at car first coming on and a lot of power restored quick, but there is nothing that replaces the longer lower charging amounts that come with time, they are more responsible for much longer battery life. Why you can quick charge a battery to full amount and yet it will not last as long as one that then is slow charged in a trickle for say 2-3 days after that quick charge said the battery was up and ready to go. The slower charge rate really drives all of the acid much more fully back out of the plates and back into the electrolyte.
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