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Old 02-12-2018, 04:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Argh! Battery drain...where to start...

It looks like my Sammy has developed an electrical drain somewhere. If I don't drive it for ~3 days, it won't turn over.

The battery is new- got it about 3 months ago...

Where do I even start to trace this issue?

I have installed some aftermarket gauges, etc, but I thought those were turned off via ignition.

What power circuit remains on after the key is out? The radio? How do I check if those are draining?
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This explains things quite well. Disconnect the meter between fuse swapping as if left connected in circuit for to long the multimeter internals can get too hot. I found this out when testing the brother in-laws car and thought my meter smelt and found a very overheated/discoloured resistor on it's circuit board.
You can use a crude setup of a 12v bulb (low wattage) instead of the meter, it will light up until you remove the fuse for which ever circuit has the drain on it.

https://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Parasitic-Battery-Drain
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There are many videos on youtube to help one begin to find the cause of the parasitic drain.
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Thanks guys! I'll give this a try and see what happens!
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Well, I used meters and bulbs and think I found the issue...

The stereo's power cable connected intermittently when I wiggled it. Whenever it reconnected to power, it would draw power as the CD player power cycled.

Other than that, I couldn't detect any other current drain. So, hopefully that's the problem =/. I installed an electronic power disconnect just in case.
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I have installed some aftermarket gauges, etc, but I thought those were turned off via ignition
. . . . and are they off with the switch?

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I installed an electronic power disconnect just in case.


Oh no!
Another parasitic drain!!

What kind of an electronic power disconnect?

Curious minds need to know the details, Thanks

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I installed this one:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's the only non-automated electrical disconnect I could find. The build is pretty good- beefy contacts, etc. However, I now need to remember to switch the power off EVERY TIME. Otherwise, the switch will eat power at 0.5A and eventually kill my battery...
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Thanks for the info and link.

No worries, not a parasitic drain, not electronic but electromagnetic.




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