So a little backstory. A few weeks ago my Protege (2001 2.0 ES Manual) began giving intermittent starting issues. Every so often when I’d turn the key, I’d hear a click from the engine, but it wouldn’t crank. On the second or third try it would crank and start perfectly as usual. (Note: this has nothing to do with the safety switch on the clutch, since current was reaching the engine and it was a different noise). I stupidly ignored this until one day it failed to start completely.
I figured it was a starter issue since I could hear one loud click coming from the starter every time I turned the key. I replaced the starter, but when I put the battery back in, it was dead. I jump started it and it started perfectly. Problem solved, I thought. I drove it for about two hours to try and recharge the battery but when I got home, I switched it off, and when I tried to switch it back on, the battery was already dead. I figured it was either a battery or alternator issue.
I took the battery to my local auto parts store to test and charge it, and they said it was a very strong battery. When I brought it home and put it in my car, I started it and switched it off a few times to test it. On the fourth or fifth time in less than a minute, the battery was completely dead.
So my question is, does this sound like a bad battery? And if not, what could be completely draining my battery in less than a minute?