I have a 1988 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham with auto. Trans. The battery
drains overnight. I have tried removing the fuses one by one with a volt
meter connected between the negative batter post and the negative battery
cable. The volt meter kept a 12 volt reading which indicates that those
circuits were working properly. This was done with the ignition switch in
the off position. Is there any other checks that I can do, other than
taking the car to the dealer, to try to locate the cause of the of the
problem? Thank you very much.
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Classic symptom of the battery itself going bad.
Or the charging circuit is bad and it never really gets recharged.
The assumption you have made is actually the least likely cause.
And your methodology is flawed, possibly leading you to an erroneous
You need to have the meter set to read current, not voltage.
A slight drain is normal; sorry, I don't know how much.
I suggest you take it to a battery store where they can check the battery
itself and the charging system.
These tests are usually free, on the hope that you will buy a battery from
them if needed.
If all that checks out, you can look for excess drain when off. Usually a
hood or trunk light that is stuck ON.......since those are things you can't
observe when they are supposed to be OFF.
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