2001 Grand Caravan Battery Keeps Dying
The battery of our 2001 Grand Caravan, with only about 20,000 miles on it, keeps dying. It's happened about 10 times now. 10 times we've had to call the tow company to give us a jump. 10 times we've jumped in the car to go somewhere, and the trip was cancelled. What a pain. Today the beach was cancelled.
I can tell you that the battery dies with barely any use. I once went clean the car, and truned on the radio while I was doing the cleaning. With only 5 minutes radio use, the battery was dead.
We took it to the dealer once, who said they could find nothing, and that the radio is fine. For a while we suspected that one of our kids was turning on an interior light without us knowing, and, indeed, we found one one when the car was started. But several other times we've found nothing.
One of the company drivers that jumped our car said that he must jump Grand Caravans 4 times a week, and he suspects that we'll see a recall soon.
I suspect the battery is being drained by some other electrical grounding or something. But the dealer should've checked that.
Any one else having this problem? What can I ask the dealer to assure that the grounding suspicion was checked? How can I monitor the battery myself to see if it is being drained when parked? What else could the problem be?