I have an 1995 E34 518i SE and it has been draining the battery overnight
for the last 2 nights. I had the RAC out yesterday and they found that there
was a 1.5 amp current draw causing this. I also noticed yetserday that there
appears to be a buzzing noise coming from behind the centre air vents. When
fuse 20 is removed both the current draw and the buzzing noise stop. If the
fuse is re-inserted the buzzing noise remains stopped. I have removed the
relays in the fuse box one by one to see if one of them is causing the
problem, but none stop the noise. Could someone please advise if there are
any other relays that may be at fault and if so where they are located or
can someone suggest what to check next.
Thanks in advance,
There are motors which shut the fresh air vents when you switch off. And
if you measure the current drain while this is happening, you'll not get a
true reading. You need to check it after they have stopped. If there's
still a noise after a few minutes, this needs checking.
1.5 amps is a strange figure.
A relatively common cause of a good battery draining overnight is a failed
diode in the alternator. But this takes more like 5 amps.
I'd expect a battery in good condition to survive an overnight discharge
of 1.5 amps.
*Some people are only alive because it is illegal to kill.
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
Thanks for the response Dave. When the RAC guy checked the current drain,
the car had been switched off for quite a while (30 mins). If I put my ear
against the dash next to the vents, I can hear the buzzing noise quite
clearly. I'm not so sure that the battery is in good condition as it is the
original one. One strange thing that happened yesterday very briefly was
that the odometer started flashing and at the same time the cd in the stereo
It looks like fuse 20 goes to all sort of climate control stuff. Your
going to need to make it happen again and then tear into the dash to
find out what motor is running continuously after shutdown.
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