I have a 2013 Ford Escape that has always had a battery issue, but now dies after <24 hrs. I’m on my 3rd battery in five years of ownership.
When I bought the car new, the battery would only last ~2-3 weeks of sitting before draining. I lived in Chicago and often assumed this was semi-normal due to the cold. The issue was persistent enough that I have always kept all interior lights off and do not leave USB devices connected overnight. In 2017 the car was not driven for 6 months. When I was ready to drive it again (Feb-18) I brought it to a Ford dealership for thorough maintenance. Immediately after that, the car battery only lasted 5 days before dying. I brought it right back to the dealership, but the guys couldn’t find anything wrong. No dead cells, battery looked great, alternator fine, and no anomalous current draw.
Now… I recently drove across the country to California. Two days ago I took it in for an oil change. Yesterday, the car died after <24hrs. This is the first clue I’ve ever gotten: both times in the past 6 months that I’ve had an oil change, the battery problem has gotten WAY worse. I’m at the point (<24hrs) that is unlivable and need figure this out. Any suggestions or ideas? Thanks!