Just wondering where to start chasing down the reason why if my car
sits for a few days the battery dies. This seems to have happened
about three times with two different batteries on particularly damp
On all occasions the car sat for at least two days without being
started, and was discovered on very damp mornings (not wet and rainy,
just pervasive dampness). Something is probably draining the battery,
since I have not had any trouble lately with the charging circuit. I
think the dampness might have something to do with it.
Would a bad ground, combined with the dampness possibly shorting
something, cause this? I can check the charging curcuit but don't know
where to go from there, especially since I don't know what the possible
You need to put an ammeter is series with the battery with the key off.The
clock and computer and radio will draw some current, but I think it should
be less than 50ma (somebody correct me if I am wrong). If it's more than
this start pulling fuses until the current drops and that may help isolate
it (if it a fused circuit). I've seen people with faulty trunk and or hood
light switches have this problem; light is on even though the trunk is
I checked the amperage between the neg battery post and the neg
terminal on the 10 amp setting, resulted in 1.06 amps with the hood up,
light on, and 0.43 amps, hood down, light off. The light I am
referring to is the underhood light.
Does anyone know if 0.43 amps is in the correct range for "static draw"
off of the battery with the car completely off? I think this reading
is indicating much more current draw than 50 milliamps that JK
imho (former 90 ford escort GT owner):
Once when I had a dead battery, I did some checking with coworkers,
and one said, if the clock doesn't go into sleep mode, it can be a big
draw on current. Although it didn't make sense, I was determined to
rule it out, by testing that first(yank the fuse), but when I checked
the battery, it was way to old to even consider not replacing it. I
bought the car new, so I never changed the battery so I figured it was
Have you just checked if the batteries you used were 'fresh'? Plus
when you say it doesn't start, you mean it cranks but doesn't fire?
Wondering if you have an ignition problem too, with the humidity
tom @ www.CarFleaMarket.com
It was the vanity mirror in the passenger visor that was not shutting
off. It was pulling about 190 ma off of the battery.
Recently I jammed a bunch of documents up there in a rush and didn't
realize it. Doh!
Now the cover joint is stretched and doesn't turn the switch off. I
taped a quarter to the mirror cover and it shuts the switch off.
I still have about 240 ma draw off of the battery due to some other
electrical issues, haven't isolated the circuits yet.
On 13 Jan 2005 08:13:12 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
Yeah melted, warped and bubbled. I thought it was that the plastic
was sentive to parked car summer temps, but later on, I noticed a
funny smell in the car, and found that I was driving around all day
with the vanity light on. Those little bulbs get hot when the heat is
trapped inside the flap. Wonder if anyone ever had a fire?
On 13 Jan 2005 11:50:30 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Instead of taking the bulbs out, you can just snip the wire going to
the visor, but that is more perm, and could effect resale value.
Sorry, I had 158k on mine when I gave it away in 99.
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