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Pooge



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PostSubject: Common draws on a battery   Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:06 pm

I am drawing down the battery enough to not start after about 36 hours...any ideas?

I've made sure no lights are on, that the cluster is off with the key, everything "dumb" that I can think of.

Anything known for doing this? Did not have this issue last year, only since taking it out of the garage, and it has done it with two different batteries, one brand new.

Any ideas welcome, its not a big deal to pull the neg terminal when I leave it overnight, but it's not "Right" either, so I want to fix it.

Thanks

Doug

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PostSubject: Re: Common draws on a battery   Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:11 pm

Put a meter between the negative cable and ground and start pulling fuses til the draw disappears?

But I'd guess radio or a stuck relay somewhere?

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PostSubject: Re: Common draws on a battery   Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:08 pm

Check power antenna, I've had 2 that the masts didn't register down and the motor continued to draw power till it killed the battery.
I'd also go with radio or maybe a stuck brush or shorted diode in the alternator.

Close all doors and unplug engine bay light, wait a few minutes for everything to "go back to sleep"
Set your meter to 10 amp and disconnect the negative cable of the battery. Touch positive probe to battery negative (-)
and the negative probe to the negative cable. Your reading should be under .035A-.050A. If not you have a drain and should start pulling fuses.
If you do find a draw, you can reconnect the positive cable and work you way down the circuit until you isolate the cause.





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PostSubject: Re: Common draws on a battery   Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:07 pm

Yup. Power antenna if you've got one. It kept killing the battery in the LDM L99. Once the mast was down and key out, the motor kept clicking for whatever reason.
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PostSubject: Re: Common draws on a battery   Wed May 01, 2013 11:12 am

Ironfistdog wrote:
Check power antenna, I've had 2 that the masts didn't register down and the motor continued to draw power till it killed the battery.
I'd also go with radio or maybe a stuck brush or shorted diode in the alternator.

Close all doors and unplug engine bay light, wait a few minutes for everything to "go back to sleep"
Set your meter to 10 amp and disconnect the negative cable of the battery. Touch positive probe to battery negative (-)
and the negative probe to the negative cable. Your reading should be under .035A-.050A. If not you have a drain and should start pulling fuses.
If you do find a draw, you can reconnect the positive cable and work you way down the circuit until you isolate the cause.




MASShole9C1 wrote:
Yup. Power antenna if you've got one. It kept killing the battery in the LDM L99. Once the mast was down and key out, the motor kept clicking for whatever reason.

Thanks guys, My first thought was the power antenna also, but it is not clicking, so we will see.

Indy, thanks for the play-by-play with what my readings should be, that will help a lot, hopefully get to that this evening if I get home early enough.

Thanks

Doug

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PostSubject: Re: Common draws on a battery   Thu May 09, 2013 9:43 am

I figured I would close this out with what the issue actually was, that way if someone ever finds it is a search they have the solution.

It was the radio, as soon as I pulled the fuse, I lost the draw and it has sat for 4 days now without an issue starting.

BIG THANKS TO IRONFISTDOG! You were right on the money! I had never chased a draw before so your instructions were perfect and it was your second guess. Big props on that.

I am currently without music, but I am torn between replacing with aftermarket or leaving it stock...probably aftermarket, I think I have one in the garage I can throw in there.

Thanks again guys!

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PostSubject: Re: Common draws on a battery   Thu May 09, 2013 11:12 am

Just splice a toggle switch into the radio power wire so you can disconnect it when parked.

Or you can wait 3 months without tunes....cuz you didnt do the 2 minute job....if your anything like me.. Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Common draws on a battery   Thu May 09, 2013 11:39 am

Good news! I'm glad you found it.

Indigo is a go to guy IMO.
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