puma sarting problem

Hi Guys, I know this is a Focus newsgroup, but I can't find a Puma site so hope someone can help me.
My daughter has a '99 1.7 Puma that she lent to me (her Dad) a couple of
days ago. Sods law demanded that it packed up whilst in my charge LOL.
When I came to start it, on turning the ign key the click of the solenoid was heard, followed by ticking like a fuel pump charging and all of the instruments twitched to full scale before settling back to zero (fuel gauge, tacho, temp gauge etc) but no turning of starter motor.
Car will jump and bump start and then run fine. Starter motor and solenoid will run "on the bench" A new battery starts the car when first attached but will not after sitting for half hour or so. Disconnecting the negative lead from the battery and measuring the leakage current between the negative terminal and the car "chassis" provides the following:-
Ign Sw OFF 750mA Ign Sw position I 1500mA Ign Sw position II initially 9000 mA!! falling to 3500mA
These seem high to me, but I'm in the dark over this.
Can anyone provide any suggestions as to whether this is a high leakage and what may be the location of the problem?
Any help greatly appreciated
Dave
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Firstly check carefully the engine earth straps and battery connections.
The mA draws you mention in positions I and II are fine, actually I would expect to see alot more in II, as the ECU and all systems are powered up ready for engine start.
In pos I you seem to have too much draw, a favoourite candidate is either alternator diodes or interior / glovebox / boot light.
Tim..
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